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From: Mladen Gogala <>
Date: Thu, 04 Sep 2003 08:54:27 -0800
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My complaint is not based on moral grounds. My complaint is that Oracle's greed is interfering
with my own. There is drastic difference in the behavior of Oracle Corp. from the times before
Oracle 8.0 and after. Support has worsened, the quality of the code is falling, bugs are more
and more numerous and serious, vaporware is a commonplace (OEM Change Management pack, OID)
and there are new and new certifications to make to stay in less and less lucrative business.
You're right, I have decisions to make: to stay in oracle DBA business or to move on. I believe
that less and less opportunity to make money in that market is going to force me to move out.
As for application development business, we've just seen what happens when somebody's
successful: an out of control giant takes him down, or at least tries to so. I'm not
proposing socialism, as a citizen of a former communist country I'm more disgusted with
the communism then you'll ever be, what I will do is to move on to the market which doesn't
have a greedy giant which wants a cut in everything I make. It's as simple as that.
Oracle started to behave as if it was a monopoly. Guess what, monopolies are the
reason which compelled me to switch to Linux. I can do it again. My message is
that Oracle is no longer friendly to the techies that were spreading the good word,
and, as far as I'm concerned, the techies are looking for exit. Good luck to you
and Larry.


Mladen Gogala
Oracle DBA

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Sent: Thursday, September 04, 2003 11:36 AM To: 'Mladen Gogala '; 'Multiple recipients of list ORACLE-L '

With respect to all of you out there... I hear so many complaints about greedy Oracle, and about having to take a class to get certified and the dollar cost of that. I remind you folks that Oracle is a for profit venture. It's not Oracle's responsibility to make anything affordable. It's the responsibility of Oracle to generate revenue, it is the expectation of Oracle shareholders (of which I am one) that Oracle will do such a thing. I don't care if Larry is the 6th richest guy in the universe, so what? Why does that compel him to give you anything?

It's all pure market driven. If people stop signing up for classes or OCP exams, Oracle will in quick fashion figure out why and change things. If people keep signing up for classes and taking the OCP, then viola, they have hit the sweet spot and will generate some revenue too.

Socialism doesn't work folks, let's face it. If the OCP Masters credentials are worth the money, then spend it. If they are not, don't spend it. If enough people don't spend the money, then something will happen. Thats how a market driven economy works.


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