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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by acobar on Sat 15th Nov 2008 17:04 UTC
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I really, really hope they get out of the trouble they are now, but think will not be easy.

On the desktop, the position of MS is still undisputaded, even after Vista fiasco, with Apple gaining back some ground. It is very, very hard to step on this front, and I'm not even counting the various Linux distros.

Server OS are really cheap (even free) by now and Linux improved so much that even support is becoming less and less needed for medium and small companies.

x86 hardware is dirty cheap these days and they are so powerful that most of companies can very well count on them for most of their needs.

Services is where they are trying hard to improve their presence, but again, it is not easy to compete with IBM, Oracle and thousands of other big, middle and small companies. And Sun, because of its size, is probably not competitive on bidding for small business, what Red Hat and Novell are.

They have great products and are, probably, the big corporation that contributes more to the open source community. But again, the time now is bad and the opponents are really tough.

Even doing their best to adapt to the current time as they are doing now, it will be an heroic uphill battle, an epic of our time. I wish them a sounding victory and that Sun disperse the clouds, that for sure.

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