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Poor Sun...

...going from being the dot in "dot com" to being the dot in "Oracle dot com".


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Apr. 22nd, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
They had been doing so badly lately that they hadn't been the "dot" in anything for a while now.

Them being bought was sort of a foregone conclusion, it was just a matter of who. Poor IBM though, looks like they got the boot in the deal.

Of course ... what the heck is Oracle thinking? They don't need to become a hardware company, and they have never been one in the past. So this really make almost no sense (to me) except as a vanity move on Ellison's part. Of course, he's the one who's made billions so we'll just have to see how this plays out.
Apr. 22nd, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
Oracle got into the hardware business last fall, in partnership with HP -- they're selling pre-built data warehouse/database clusters. Buying Sun gives them their own hardware vendor for that purpose, and Ellison and McNealy are fairly close. I think it'll work out well.

(This is also the Apple model, speaking of CEOs who Ellison likes.)
Apr. 22nd, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
sadly, this means no more sun keyboards.
Apr. 23rd, 2009 01:40 am (UTC)
Hey, getting bought by Oracle is way better than being bought by IBM.
Apr. 23rd, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
Are you sure? I was at a little company that got bought by Oracle in 2005, and it SUCKED SUCKED SUCKED. I feel really bad for the Sun employees.
Apr. 23rd, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
Well, I can't speak to that, but based on all my company's dealings with IBM & Sun, we were certainly dreading the former buying the latter.
Apr. 23rd, 2009 10:13 am (UTC)
From the two data points I have, I'd put that the other way around.
Apr. 23rd, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
Thank goodness big chunks of Java are already out under the GPL. Even if Soracle forks from that, Java will stay usable.
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