Netscape and Oracle could be close to agreeing a broad relationship that would centre on object standards and transaction processing using Internet protocols.
The key standards are Corba (Common Object Request Broker Architecture)and Internet Inter-Orb Protocol, which rival Microsoft's ActiveX.
Both companies are believed to be putting the finishing touches to a deal which, if agreed, would call for Oracle to endorse Netscape?s ONE (Open Network Environment) development environment, enabling any application based on ONE to run on Oracle?s NCA (Network Computing Architecture). Likewise, Netscape is expected to announce broader support for Oracle?s NCA, the sources said.
A relationship with Oracle would give Netscape access to Oracle?s corporate customers, a client base considered critical in its push to conquer the Intranet market. News of the Oracle relationship coincides with Netscape?s launch this week of its Intranet suite, which includes version 4.0 of its Navigator product and a suite of client software called Netscape Communicator and Suitespot 3.0.
For Oracle, the deal would help consolidate its Internet efforts and give it access to Netscape developers. Sources said that a possible outcome could involve the licensing of Communicator as a client option for Oracle customers.
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