Open-source database gets backing | CNET News.com Now this is long overdue, in my opinion. One of Linus Torvald's reasons for releasing Linux, and a key tenet of open source, is that some pieces of software become so universally used that they transcend ownership. An OS is defined as the piece of software that enables applications to talk to hardware. Nothing more, regardless of what the Microsoft marketing leviathan may say. And that's how Linux started. If Linux can take on Microsoft, then why can't PostgreSQL take on Oracle?
Software is, and always will be, a service. That's why it's soft. The sooner companies wise up to that, the sooner the industry will deliver what its customers demand, and should expect.