Oracle's embracing of Linux has helped it catch up with IBM, with the company achieving a 'virtual tie' in sales last year, and a marginal $30m (#16m) lead over Big Blue this year, according to analyst Gartner.
Gartner said Oracle had 34.1% of the overall market for relational database software and that IBM stood at 33.7%. Microsoft was third with 20% of sales.
Oracle saw strong growth of nearly 15% in 2004, with much of it coming from Linux platforms.
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