The possible focus on the netbook market was touched on in passing during a brief appearance by Mr. Ellison at Sun's annual JavaOne conference in San Francisco Tuesday. Netbooks are the fastest growing part of the personal computer business at the moment.
"I don't see why some of those devices shouldn't come from Sun-Oracle," Mr. Ellison said.
Though an Oracle spokeswoman declined to elaborate, other remarks by Mr. Ellison suggest Oracle would focus on software for netbooks rather than making hardware. He mentioned that some makers of netbooks are using the Android operating system from Google Inc., which is based on Linux but also makes use of the Java programming technology invented by Sun.