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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by werfu on Wed 18th Mar 2009 14:57 UTC
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What a news! Never thought it would go this far. Not sure how this is a good thing, but I think that's the better thing to do for Sun.

I dont think IBM would kill much of Sun's offer. In fact, I guest it will integrated and merge a lot of their product to their line. There is no value in a competitor buyout if its only its customer base. They could have let Sun die and pick up their customers afterward. If they buy it now and drop all their offer, many angry customers could go elsewhere.

Now, what could happen to:

IBM has no reason to maintain two Unix versions. AIX is still there for historical and political reasons. But Solaris is somewhat more alive than AIX. IBM could either merge the two code bases, ripp off Solaris and integrate its functionality into AIX OR, ripp off both and integrated them to Linux (they could need a white flag from Novell for Unix stuff but that shouldn't be hard).

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