Enraged Apple activists have turned to a new anti-Larry Ellison Web site to fight off the Oracle boss?s plans to take over the ailing company and change it into a manufacturer of network computers (NCs).
The ?Fight Back For The Mac? site - http://www.millersv.edu:80/~tam84877/ - was opened last week by Macintosh devotee Tim McCleary when it was discovered that an Oracle email, put in place by Ellison to court comment from the industry on his takeover plans, was no longer accepting submissions.
The site made its first appearance following Ellison?s statements in Tokyo last week that Apple would make an excellent supplier of NCs. Those comments enraged the Macintosh end user community, which is flooding the ?Fight Back? site with letters to Ellison objecting to his actions.
McLeary said the site was there to provide an channel of communication to allow Mac customers to be heard within Oracle. "Apple Computer under the ownership of Larry Ellison and friends would go from an innovator and leader in both the hardware and software industry to a lame duck under the direction of a mad scientist," he tells visitors to the site?s home page.
Such sentiments have struck a chord with end user, whose published views on the site reveal the high level of emotion running in the Apple customer base about Ellison?s intentions. One user stormed: "Your plan will fail and you will lose a billion dollars. You will be hated by all that were/are loyal to the Mac. You want to buy a name because your own isn?t Gates."
Another customer argued: "If you think you can instantly gain a following for your network computer concept simply by buying Apple and slapping the logo on the side of the box, then you know absolutely nothing about what is right or wrong for Apple."
Yet another had this advice for Ellison. "If you want an orange, buy or make a company that produces oranges. Don?t try to rip up our orchards to replant them with hostile fruit. You may finally realise there is a reason why these two fruits are grown in different climates."
Emotions are running equally high in the investor community with subscribers to the Silicon Investor bulletin board increasingly outspoken about the Ellison gambit."He thinks that the large shareholders are panicked and dumb witted enough that he can convince them to support his buyout," raged one investor last week. "In truth, I think Ellison is closer to a nervous breakdown that completing a buyout deal."
But another financial community subscriber was more phlegmatic in his assessment. "I?m sure Larry Ellison will be happy to pick up the pieces on a ?takeunder? basis in another month or so," he predicted. "It?s his money not Oracle?s after all, and Larry didn?t get rich by overpaying for anything."
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