By swapping source code, Sun and Oracle want to give oomph to Internet products

Oracle Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. plan to exchange key source code and binaries to
enhance their existing Internet products and develop new ones.


Sun will integrate components of the Oracle8i Internet database into its operating
system to support Sun middleware applications.


And Oracle will license core components of SunSoft Solaris for its low-cost database
server appliance, coded-named Raw Iron.


“It’s a very symmetrical kind of deal,” said Scott McNealy, Sun’s
chief executive officer.


Sun needs Oracle8i for its persistent data store capabilities, the company’s CEO
said, adding that Sun would add significant value to its file systems, mail, messaging,
calendaring, directory services and session management.  





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