Oracle's chief operating officer Ray Lane wants to drop Windows NT as one of the company's primary development environments in favour of beefed up support for Unix, but has no plans to use Linux as a platform to build its products. Oracle currently does initial coding using Sun's Solaris operating system (OS), before building actual products that run on both Solaris and Windows NT. It then ports the completed product to an additional 83 OSs, including IBM's AIX, HP/UX and Linux. But the next release of the Oracle database - 8.2 - will see HP/UX added to the list of primary development platforms and if Lane gets his way, NT will soon become just another standard port. "If our vision of the industry moving to an Internet model is correct, then the argument for NT is reduced. None of the .com companies use Microsoft or NT. We need to be asking ourselves if NT and Windows 2000 should be thought of increasingly as another platform. To port to NT is going to be less important for us," Lane explained. During Oracle's first quarter results conference call earlier this week, Larry Ellison, the firm's chairman and chief executive, also said: "We've seen a great strengthening for Unix and a diminishing for NT since our four quarter last year. Unix is back very strongly, especially at the high end of the .com market. Unix is resurging beautifully. On the Internet, big is beautiful and no Windows is being used at all in start-ups such as Amazon.com." Despite setting up a separate strategic business unit to focus entirely on producing and marketing Linux based applications, however, Oracle has no plans to add the open source OS to its list of primary development platforms.
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