Both Oracle chairman Larry Ellison and president Ray Lane, went on the record at the company's European user conference to emphasise that Oracle is not interested in buying Apple - it's Ellison himself who is sniffing around the troubled supplier because he wants it to make network computers.
Lane said: "It's Larry's interest, not Oracle's. I've long believed that Apple is in the top five in brand recognition terms and that it had good technology, but it's not kept pace. It's hard for Larry to watch Apple go down the tubes under the current management team, so he's got a personal interest. But, it's nothing to do with Oracle. It's Larry and it's got nothing to do with Oracle at all."
Ellison concurred with his second in command. "Apple should be making Macs into NCs or NC servers that are low cost and easy to use. Apple's going down the wrong route and Oracle has no interest in buying it. I have a personal interest in buying Apple. It's not the right forum for me to explain what Apple is doing wrong, but I would love to see it making NC clients and servers," he said.
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