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Open-source databases will not succeed without commercial support, says Larry Ellison, CEO of major database company Oracle.

Ellison noted that open-source developers without commercial backing will face limitations in building new products. "But I'm not saying that you won't find (good) open-source products," he said, addressing an audience at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco. "Some open-source databases are good in caching and database queries, but not in (complex) transactions."

"One of the myths of open-source is that it's built by a bunch of guys who work at RadioShack (a U.S. electronics store). And when they get home at night, they log on to the Internet and write codes," he said. "The largest investor of Linux with the most number of Linux engineers is from a little RadioShack-related company called IBM."

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