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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IBM's Culture
by tony on Wed 18th Mar 2009 23:39 UTC
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IBM has a radically different culture than Sun, so it'd be interesting to see how they meshed if indeed IBM did buy Sun. IBM'ers don't quite all wear the blue suits like they used to, but they're still far more of a starched-collar crowd from the East Coast compared to Sun's West Coast tech company culture.

I don't think there are many people that would judge AIX to be superior to Solaris, but even so, IBM culturally doesn't seem like a company that would own up to AIX being inferior to Solaris, and so probably wouldn't decide to kill AIX in favor Solaris. If IBM bought Sun, I'd say it's a pretty good chance (although not a forgone conclusion) that if anything got axed, it would be Solaris.

Open Solaris is open sourced of course, but most of the development is done by Sun. If it were orphaned, it'd be interesting to see if anything of substance would be done with it.

Lotus Notes is an awful, awful blight on the world of IT. I'm no Outlook fan, but Notes is just *terrible*. It was what, 2007? before Notes had in-message on-the-fly spell checking (where the misspelled words are underlined in red) and then only in beta. I couldn't believe when I had to manually click the "spell check" button.

Edited 2009-03-18 23:40 UTC

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