I thought about it. Being better than IBM in technology, in products is quite possible. But to beat them in marketing sounds really impossible. At least for 5 years.
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IBM has the benefit of a captive foundry, so they can produce unique technology for their microprocessors. Oracle doesn't have that advantage... but then, Larry Ellison is one of the few people who has a bank account as large as his ambitions, so maybe things could get interesting.
Hurd was actually quite a funny guy at the presentation yesterday, but you're right that funny does not a good businessman make.
Oracle is no slouch of a company though, and it seems to be taking its acquisition of Sun seriously,so it could yield some promising results.
Larry Ellison is a legend in his own mind.
Talk about someone with a god complex. If Mark Hurd does for Oracle what he did for HP, then I think Oracle will become even more irrelevent to modern technology.
Just my opinion.