By Brandon Bailey - Mercury News
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said today that he wants to promote wider use of Sun Microsystems' Java software in both consumer and business products — possibly including netbooks or mobile devices — once his company completes its $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems later this year.
In his first public comments since announcing the purchase in April, Ellison assured several thousand software developers attending Sun's annual JavaOne conference that he plans to continue investing in Java and promoting its use.
"I don't expect a lot of changes, just expanded investment and a lot of enthusiasm coming from Oracle," said Ellison, who noted that much of Oracle's business software is already based on the Java development platform.
Ellison also made a vague reference to the possibility that Oracle might produce consumer products such as netbooks or mobile devices based on Java. He has previously indicated that he plans to use both companies' expertise to develop new appliances for commercial data centers that integrate the companies' hardware and software.
In his remarks today, Ellison mentioned that other companies are thinking of building netbooks based on Google's Android software and added that he expects to see a variety of devices based on Java, some of them built by Oracle. He also said he expects to be "very agressive" about developing new Java software applications for things like mobile phones and netbook computers.