Ellison told the newspaper that Oracle wanted to sell a full range of software that included operating system and applications, just like its rival Microsoft.
"We're missing an operating system. You could argue that it makes a lot of sense for us to look at distributing and supporting Linux," he said.
The report said that like IBM, Oracle has counted on Linux, an open-source system whose code is open to anyone to view and adapt, to act as a counterweight to Microsoft's Windows, which has expanded rapidly from desktop PCs into corporate IT systems.
As part of a recent study of the open-source software market, Ellison told the newspaper, Oracle had considered buying Novell, which is the second biggest distributor of Linux, after Red Hat.