Matt Asay of CNET.com wrote an interesting article exploring the common history of Oracle Corporation and Red Hat Linux, and the possibility of Oracle to focuse on Ubuntu Linux in order to break away from Red Hat. Asay’s conclusion makes a lot of sense, because Canonical’s Debian-based Ubuntu is the GNU/Linux distribution with the best popularity and the biggest adoption rate at the moment. The only problem though is that Canonical is not for sale.
In April 2009, Oracle commited to acquiring SUN Microsystems, who introduced the Solaris OS. I mentionned earlier on this forum about Nexenta, an operating system based on Ubuntu code and the Solaris kernel. With this choice, Oracle would still be able to capitalize on the extensive Debian and Ubuntu repositories.