UPDATE: I just changed the title of this post from "SAP Slams Open Source, Oracle" to "Shai on Open Source, Oracle" because SAP is a company rich in divergent views on any subject, so while Shai's comments hold one view there are many others in the company. Also, I listened to the podcasts of Shai's Churchill Club interview and I would encourage you to do the same to form your own opinion of what he was saying. I'm certainly not going to pretend that I can speak for Shai, but his comments when taken in the full context of the interview were certainly not as hostile to open source as the pull quotes that I have seen.
I wasn't at the Churchill Club event so I can't comment on the context of Shai's comments, but I do not agree with them if they are as represented in this article. His comments about Oracle are accurate, but you really wouldn't be surprised to hear me say that :)
Open Source is no silver bullet to be sure, but open source is less about software and code, and more about a new development process that is highly collaborative and social in it's roots. I'm no open source zealot to be sure, but it does strike me that this is possibly one of the best proposals for unleashing developer productivity, developing new applications (Firefox), and creating a new class of infrastructure technology (too many to list).
The IP issues surrounding open source are legitimate but I would not go as far as equating them with socialism because even in open source IP is treated as property that is owned and licensed. The industry is evolving hybrid licensing models that accomplish much of what open source set out to do while also rewarding companies for investing in real development.
Open source will fail to deliver innovation and is more likely to break applications, said SAP Latest News about SAP executive Shai Agassi, president of the company's product and technology group.
"We all talk about how great Linux Latest News about Linux is," Agassi said at a speaking engagement at the Churchill Club in Silicon Valley. "But if you look at what the most innovative desktop is today, Vista is not copying Linux, they are copying Apple. "