News is appearing that suggests that Oracle may be poised to release its own version of Linux. Seemingly, the U.S. software maker, who is a database leader, is considering launching a version of the Linux operating system to backup their database product. Oracle may well have looked at buying one of the two firms dominating the technology - Novell or Redhat in order to achieve this.

The report, citing an interview with Oracle's chief executive officer, Larry Ellison, said the move would redraw the software landscape and open a new front in Oracle's long rivalry with U.S. rival Microsoft.

It said Ellison told the newspaper that Oracle wanted to sell a full range of software that, like Microsoft, included both operating system and applications.

"I'd like to have a complete stack," Ellison was quoted as saying.