Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Feb 2008 20:39 UTC, submitted by udif
Oracle and SUN Innotek has been bought by Sun. The press release reads: "Sun today announced that it has entered into a stock purchase agreement to acquire innotek, the provider of the leading edge, open source virtualization software called VirtualBox."
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by lazywally on Tue 12th Feb 2008 20:54 UTC
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Solaris, Openoffice, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Virtual Box, Java, Netbeans . . .

Quite a ?/OSS portfolio.

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VritualBox is a sure shot!!
by Javier O. Augusto on Tue 12th Feb 2008 21:09 UTC
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2005-08-10

What a great move from Sun Microsystems. Innotek's VirtualBox is a great piece of software, great contender to VMWare, watch out!!!

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wow
by poundsmack on Tue 12th Feb 2008 21:12 UTC
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2005-07-13

Sun is making a lot of really bold and incredibly intelegent moves. Virtual box is an amazing VM i am interested to see where all these leads to.

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More OSS to the people!
by Kebabbert on Tue 12th Feb 2008 21:27 UTC
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2007-07-27

This is good for us. I wish Sun could by Microsoft and then they would surely open source Windows, Office, etc. The more companies Sun buy, the better for us! :o)

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RE: More OSS to the people!
by prymitive on Tue 12th Feb 2008 21:36 UTC in reply to "More OSS to the people!"
prymitive Member since:
2006-11-20

This is good for us. I wish Sun could by Microsoft and then they would surely open source Windows, Office, etc. The more companies Sun buy, the better for us! :o)


And after they open source windows they will start giving away money on the street.

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RE[2]: More OSS to the people!
by Kebabbert on Wed 13th Feb 2008 08:56 UTC in reply to "RE: More OSS to the people!"
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2007-07-27

If SUN bought Microsoft, dont you believe they would open source Windows, Office, etc? SUN would open source everything else in their product portfolio Solaris, Java, SPARC CPU, ZFS, DTrace, etc etc etc, except Windows, Office, etc? Is that so, you mean?

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RE[3]: More OSS to the people!
by Redeeman on Wed 13th Feb 2008 11:39 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: More OSS to the people!"
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2006-03-23

not that it matters, as we really do not want the winblows and Microsoftoffice code. About the only people who want are people making aides to blind people, as this would surely be a side effect of looking at it...

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RE[3]: More OSS to the people!
by prymitive on Wed 13th Feb 2008 19:32 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: More OSS to the people!"
prymitive Member since:
2006-11-20

Why would they open source windows? How on earth would that be any good for them? Selling windows means a lot of profit, open sourcing it means no profit.

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RE[4]: More OSS to the people!
by Kebabbert on Thu 14th Feb 2008 09:07 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: More OSS to the people!"
Kebabbert Member since:
2007-07-27

Why SUN would open source Windows, Office, OOXML, etc - if SUN bought Microsoft? Well... SUN has opened everything it has? Why would SUN behave differently if they acquire Microsoft? Do you mean SUN behaves irrationally, open sourcing somethings, but refuses to open source the rest?

It sure took time to open Java, several years, but SUN had to prove that they owned every line of code. That took time. They will surely open everything left also. And they will surely open everything they buy also. Otherwise that wouldnt fit into SUNs new strategy; open everything it has.

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RE[2]: More OSS to the people!
by kajaman on Wed 13th Feb 2008 23:50 UTC in reply to "RE: More OSS to the people!"
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2006-01-06

I would say that after releasing sources of Windows they would start spreading Bubonic plague on streets ;) .

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Good for VirtualBox and Sun
by g2devi on Tue 12th Feb 2008 21:53 UTC
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Personally, I love VirtualBox. Unlike VMWare, they make file sharing easy (no SAMBA needed) and their interface is a lot cleaner than VMWare (which has borders and GUI elements takes up far too much real-estate if the resolution of your virtual machine is close to your desktop resolution).

There are only two things that give VMWare the edge:
1) Stability. VirtualBox with Windows 2000 can crash. This doesn't happen with VMWare
2) VM file portability. With VMWare, I can make one Virtual machine, and make a backup or alternate version or move it to another machine simply by copying the directory. VirtualBox requires you to use a reindexing tool and reattachment which isn't 100% hasslefree.

Sun will definitely fix (1) and that may be enough to push me off of VMWare, but I'm really hoping that Sun also take cares of (2) also since it is a maintenance issue.

Nice move Sun!

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......
by islander on Tue 12th Feb 2008 22:02 UTC
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2007-04-11

Good look by Sun.Long time user of Virtualbox.Great product.

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v Innotech?
by RedIcculus on Tue 12th Feb 2008 22:04 UTC
What about me?
by BSDfan on Tue 12th Feb 2008 23:22 UTC
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2007-03-14

When will Sun buy me?? They're buying everyone else lately ;)

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RE: What about me?
by Matt Giacomini on Wed 13th Feb 2008 01:13 UTC in reply to "What about me?"
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2005-07-06

When will Sun buy me?? They're buying everyone else lately ;)


How much are you for sale for? And if I buy you can you be open sourced ;)

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RE[2]: What about me?
by BSDfan on Wed 13th Feb 2008 03:04 UTC in reply to "RE: What about me?"
BSDfan Member since:
2007-03-14

Pennies my friend, just pennies.. ;)

As for my source code.. I'm only an amalgamation of /dev/random and pong.

Edited 2008-02-13 03:05 UTC

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Sounds familiar
by smitty on Tue 12th Feb 2008 23:31 UTC
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Innotek? Isn't that the company in Office Space?

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RE: Sounds familiar
by Zoidberg on Wed 13th Feb 2008 00:19 UTC in reply to "Sounds familiar"
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2006-02-11

Maybe Sun will finally get those problems with the TPS reports straightened out.

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RE[2]: Sounds familiar
by elsewhere on Wed 13th Feb 2008 06:54 UTC in reply to "RE: Sounds familiar"
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2005-07-13

Maybe Sun will finally get those problems with the TPS reports straightened out.


Won't happen until they can address the PC LOAD LETTER issue.

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RE: Sounds familiar
by Jondice on Wed 13th Feb 2008 00:47 UTC in reply to "Sounds familiar"
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2006-09-20

Basically, but the spelling was Initech in Office Space ;)

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"And like that, it was gone..."
by Luminair on Wed 13th Feb 2008 04:11 UTC
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2007-03-30

And like that, Sun became a virtualization company...

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RE: "And like that, it was gone..."
by SCHWEjK on Wed 13th Feb 2008 08:50 UTC in reply to ""And like that, it was gone...""
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2006-04-05

Don't forget the Solaris Zones or BrandZ Zones running Linux ;)

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FunkyELF Member since:
2006-07-26

Who knows what Sun is anymore....
They used to sell machines with Sparc processors running Solaris....now they're selling AMD processor machines running Windows or Linux. They have became a Dell / HP / Gateway etc.

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xxxspuddy Member since:
2007-05-12

Hadn't you heard? It's been in development for a while.

Edit - Link was already in the article.

Edited 2008-02-13 18:21 UTC

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Don't know what to think...
by FunkyELF on Wed 13th Feb 2008 13:26 UTC
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2006-07-26

I love VirtualBox, been using it for over a year.
They seem to be on a roll all by themselves adding features and such.
Will this slow them down? Speed them up? Whow knows.

I really don't know what to make of this buyout.

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I love this company
by kajaman on Wed 13th Feb 2008 23:55 UTC
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2006-01-06

Suddenly I found myself in situation where most of my favorite software comes from one single company - Sun Microsystems. I use and like Java, I love Netbeans 6, I run Windows in Virtualbox and use both - PostgreSQL an MySQL for my work and hobby. I'm waiting to see what they are creating with Project Indiana...

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