Re: Why is Oracle unaffordable?

  • From: William Muriithi <william.muriithi@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "andy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <andy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Nov 2010 15:15:12 -0600

On 2010-11-09, at 3:54 PM, Andy Klock wrote:

> Fair point.  I have zero experience with Berkeley DB so I've stayed out of 
> the fray. But I do have experience with Oracle's "embedded" license structure 
> and depending on the application and how embedded the database actually is, 
> Oracle offers up to an 80% discount on the price.  Not bad.
> But, regarding the OP's original question "Why is Oracle unaffordable?" we 
> must remember it is customers who drive the price up, not Oracle.

Ah,  common Andy, customer driving up oracle price?  How did you arrive at 
that?  Not trying to be rude, but I disagree.  Software is not like oil which 
is inelastic.  Oracle selling one copy to you does not diminish their stocks in 
any way.  They have just arrived at that price purely by fiat after Larry 
decided he just need  x percent of the market


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