Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Mar 2009 11:48 UTC, submitted by PLan
In the News In a move that would certainly shake up the computer industry quite a bit, IBM is reportedly in talks with Sun Microsystems about the possibility of IBM acquiring Sun. Sun is going through hard times at the moment, and has been actively looking for someone to be acquired by.
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RE[2]: why?
by linumax on Wed 18th Mar 2009 13:58 UTC in reply to "RE: why?"
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But IBM already has DB2 and it's own JVM, both of which are ahead of Sun's offerings in some respects (eg. scalability). On the OS side, IBM is much interested and invested in Linux, a migration to Solaris would not happen.

IMHO buying out sun is more about getting Sun's customer base, which IBM is already migrating to its own offerings, as well as having more leverage in determining Java's future. IBM Symphony is also based off of OpenOffice and IBM is pushing it as a replacement for MS Office. This move could help them embolden Symphony.

I think it'll be good for everyone, as Sun is dying anyway, and any valuable technology they developed over the years has been open sourced. Any development in progress could use some IBM cash, and there's a much lower chance of Sun employees losing their jobs if they are acquired compared to just dying a slow death.

Edited 2009-03-18 14:13 UTC

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