Oracle to buy three OSS companies?

According to Business Week, Oracle is looking into several open source companies:

“Oracle is in talks to buy at least three open-source software companies in deals that could be valued at more than $600 million, BusinessWeek Online has learned. The transactions would extend the 18-month, $18 billion spending spree by Oracle Chief Executive Larry Ellison that has engulfed PeopleSoft and Siebel Systems. They would also put Oracle in control of some of the most sought-after open-source projects.
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The largest of the three targets is Atlanta-based JBoss, which specializes in so-called middleware, the software that serves as a connection between disparate programs. JBoss competes with traditional software companies like BEA Systems (BEAS), IBM, and, to some degree, Oracle.
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Also in Oracle’s crosshairs: closely held Zend, based in Cupertino, Calif. Zend’s PHP software language is one of the most prevalent on the Web, present in more than 18 million Web sites.
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The third is Emeryville (Calif.)-based Sleepycat Software, which makes technology used in many of the open-source databases that handle reams of digital data. “

Larry says this means “embracing open source” – to me this looks more like the Microsoft way of embracing things (i.e. get rid of / disturb the competition). I still can’t see clearly how this is supposed to be a move that’s good for Oracle’s shareholders, and I’m not even trying to understand what this means for Oracle’s application strategy. Any takers?

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  4. Looks like a nice example of embrace, extend and extinguish. Although I could care less about JBoss – just get Marc Fleury out of the way. And Zend? Can’t imagine that being a fit.

    Looks like Oracle will continuing buying out their rivals just like PeopleSoft and to a lesser extent, InnoDB (which MySQL uses).

  5. Looks like a nice example of embrace, extend and extinguish. Although I could care less about JBoss – just get Marc Fleury out of the way. And Zend? Can't imagine that being a fit.

    Looks like Oracle will continuing buying out their rivals just like PeopleSoft and to a lesser extent, InnoDB (which MySQL uses).

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