What an article, it shows you how much influence Oracle has had on the software industry, you might say that Oracle has actually legitimized the software industry at a time whwn software is mostly created and sold by hardware vendors alongside their proprietary hardware.
My other point is how would Oracle have look like now if Larry was not such a replusive person, all these industry leaders (see the article) were at Oracle, they left to create or run some of the world's most interesting software vendors like Siebel and salesforce.com ..
Certainly whether we like Larry or not, he is the man behind a whole industry, the enterprise software industry. Oracle has many issues, pushy sales practices, discounting practices, aggressive acquisitions and many more but on the other hand it has always had an impressive product line up and it is much more organized compared to any other major IT vendor.
I think the big test for Larry is Sun.
Will Oracle manage to put its hardware business really on the map, will they be able to compete effectively with IBM and HP, will they be able to capture the imagination of the masses like Sun did long ago?