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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I thought its open source embracement would grant it infinite incomings and eternal life.

It would have done - if they actually got the concept of open source software and actually used it to commoditise things that would give them spin-off benefits and lower their costs rather than just threatening the things they wanted to sell all along. Using the phrase 'open source' was just a poor marketing ploy in the hope that open source software, and Linux on x86 in particular, would all just 'go away' and people would miraculously come back to Solaris and SPARC. This mindset has been going on at Sun for well over ten years now, and I would laugh if it weren't so sad. Girls don't kiss guys who throw away their livelihoods ;-).

They've had everything they needed at their disposal to make a real mint have Sun.

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