Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Apr 2009 11:53 UTC, submitted by tsedlmeyer
Oracle and SUN We've been debating the merits of a possible IBM-Sun deal for a while now, and even Sun itself seemed to be in the dark as to if it would be a good idea to be bought by IBM. These debates are now all moot: in a surprise move (at least, I didn't see any speculation about it) Oracle has bought Sun Microsystems, at USD 9.50 a share, which equates to a total of 7.4 billion USD. The news got out through a press release.
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RE[6]: good for solaris
by akrosdbay on Mon 20th Apr 2009 16:59 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: good for solaris "
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The only reason why we get to hear these things is because Linux's code is there for all to have a go at. You haven't been able to see Solaris's bugs, the decrepit device drivers that haven't been touched for years or the glacial pace at which it has been developed for some time.


Eh! Opensolaris.org. There is a source browser. Go read the source for your self.

Glacial pace? How far has sytemtap or kprobes come along? What about BTRFS? any of that crap out of alpha yet? How many users are using it in the data center?

Where is all the rapid development from the linux community?

The main area for bugs within Linux is with device drivers, obviously, and it would be really nice if Solaris had some. You only need to look at how many device drivers Linux has that Sun would love to have for Solaris.


You would love to believe that but then you would have to abandon your belief in Santa Claus and the tooth fairy too.


ROTFL. Well, I'm afraid the 'amateurs' have been handing the asses of the professionals back to them for the last ten years. That's why Sun has just been sold. Maybe the great big penny will drop one of these days on that.


It was Intel doing that not linux alone. Without intel linux wouldn't have done squat. IBM, HP, Apple still have their own OSes. Think about it linux s ionly sucessful on cheap intel hardware or embedded space... Desktops and Datacenters are still nicely mixed. With IBM peddling its mainframes and windows actually on the rise...

Oracle makes money on support contracts. Oracle can drop a box with a free OS and make a killing on the contracts and license for the rest of the stack. No one will be able to compete on price given that Sun's hardware is already competitive with Dell and IBM. Never underestimate the power of subsidy. Works really well for cellphones...

Without the incentive to save a few bucks running linux most customers would just pay Oracle for the whole package...

Edited 2009-04-20 17:08 UTC

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