Oracle threatens to enter netbook business

It doesn't make any sense for the world's largest enterprise software company to get into the business of selling $300 netbooks -- or does it? Oracle (ORCL) has contracts with big enterprises that run into the millions of dollars. Why get into a highly competitive business with small margins that is aimed mostly at consumers?

For reasons yet unknown, Oracle founder Larry Ellison wants to become a netbook marketer, or so he says. According toThe Wall Street Journal, "I don't see why some of those devices shouldn't come from Sun-Oracle," Mr. Ellison said. Oracle recently bought server company Sun.