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More Court Trouble For Oracle: Now HP Is Suing Them 116

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from the larry-ellison-hops-off-the-itanic dept.
New submitter another random user writes "Oracle violated its contract with Hewlett-Packard (HP) after it decided that future versions of its database software would not support a line of HP servers, HP's lawyer has said in court." The issue at hand: Oracle agreed to support Itanium, and has since pulled support. "... Hewlett-Packard estimates it should be awarded more than $4 billion in damages, based on an extrapolation to 2020 that accounts for projected losses, said the person, who didn’t want to be identified because the court document containing the damages request is confidential." Oracle is using the Itanic defense: "In cross-examination today, Oracle attorney Dan Wall asked Livermore [HP board member] if she had heard Itanium called 'Itanic,' a reference to the 'Titanic' oceanliner sinking. 'I've heard lots of terms,' Livermore said. 'I understand the reference they are making and I don’t like it. It is not done by anyone I like or respect.'"
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More Court Trouble For Oracle: Now HP Is Suing Them

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  • by Galestar (1473827) on Wednesday June 06, 2012 @01:38PM (#40234901)
    Parent should be modded up. Also, slashdot editors should get a stern talking to.
  • by maroberts (15852) on Wednesday June 06, 2012 @02:00PM (#40235207) Homepage Journal

    It wouldn't surprise me if Mark Hurd was a little lax in the clauses of the contract(s) with Oracle because he was dealing with his buddy Larry.

    Of course, once Hurd no longer ran the ship, HP found the terms of their contracts offered them little protection from an uncooperative Oracle....

    That said, I'm not convinced Itanium had a future - maybe it was time to change processors. The difference probably was that HP could have done it in a more graceful fashion if they were not being kicked in the ass by Oracle.

  • Atinum (Score:5, Interesting)

    by PetiePooo (606423) on Wednesday June 06, 2012 @02:10PM (#40235315)
    I always wished that AMD had named their Athlon chips Atinum instead.

    1. They came out roughly the same time as Itanium
    2. They were 64-bit (x86-64 instead of Itanium's IA64)
    3. They were touted as the next generation after x86 (as was IA-64)
    4. The name started with A (for AMD, where Itanium started with I for Intel)
    5. The name was a metal with the first phonem(s) removed (Pl-Atinum vs. T-Itanium)
    6. Platinum is more costly and precious than Titanium

    For those that lack the history, x86-64 (and the Athlon) was a resounding success; so much so that Intel begrudgingly followed AMD's lead for their consumer grade 64-bit chips. Intel's attempt to push Itanium and the IA64 architecture faltered with the much simpler and sensical upgrade path that AMD's lineup offered.

    I wonder if litigious HP will sue AMD too, since the success of the X86-64 architecture contributed to Itanium's failure as a platform, and thus Oracle's withdrawal of support for it.

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