Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th Nov 2008 21:38 UTC, submitted by pantheraleo
Oracle and SUN The world hasn't been kind to Sun for quite a while now, but with the economic downturn, things are getting worse. Sun announced today that it will be laying off 18% of its workforce, or about 6000 people. In addition, it was announced that Sun's software chief Rich Green has resigned for reasons that were not stated, although as part of Sun's reorganization and cost cutting efforts, many departments are being merged, and the software division is being restructured and reorganized.
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RE[2]: Sun performances...
by Laurence on Sat 15th Nov 2008 14:31 UTC in reply to "RE: Sun performances..."
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SUN is the only big dinosaur that has opened up all their high technology. Microsoft has not done that. Nor Apple. IBM, SAP, Oracle. etc. If SUN bankrupts, no one else will dare to open up their entire portfolio as SUN has. How clever is it to give away everything, instead of selling it? If SUN is successful, other large companies will consider opening up all their portfolio.

SUN are in a different, more awkward position to the other dinosaurs though.
On the desktop end (Apple, MS) few people really care about open source. I mean sure you get *nix desktop users who sware by FOSS, but they acount for a vastly insignificant number of overall desktop users.

On the server market, SUN was at risk of loosing out to Linux in much the same way as some of the other UNIXs had. Their only way out (as I could see) was by:
1/ releasing some technologies that empowers it's existing products (ZFS being one killer feature for Solaris imo),
2/ and open sourcing to, hopefully, attract new users (sometimes the strengh of a community alone can help sell a product) and hope they stay on board to develop for SUNs platforms as well as the greater potential of them purchacing licences / support for the non-free services further down the line than if said users never migrated.

In my opinion, SUN have played their hand well (I for one have been swung from running Linux and FreeBSD to Nexenta (an OpenSolaris distribution) as my home file and webserver and I'm very happy with the results of the migration thus far.

I do wish SUN all the best - they're one of the few dinosaurs I still route for.

Edited 2008-11-15 14:38 UTC

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