Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st Dec 2016 20:41 UTC
Oracle and SUN

There's a rumour going around that Oracle is close to ending all development of Solaris, effectively killing the operating system.

Solaris being canned, at least 50% of teams to be RIF'd in short term. All hands meetings being cancelled on orders from legal to prevent news from spreading. Hardware teams being told to cease development. There will be no Solaris 12, final release will be 11.4. Orders coming straight from Larry.

It's just rumours for now, but they've been gaining steam over the past few days.

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shotsman
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2005-07-22

Larry must be buying a country. Yachts are not where it is at now.

Seriously,
I drive past the old SUN HQ in the UK almost every day.
They had a lot of really good engineers who cared about the stuff they sold. That all changed when Oracle took over.
This seems to mirror the HP takeover of Compaq/DEC. Soon all those of us who cared where shown the door.
A huge case of NIH perhaps?

The Sun kit could never return the margins that Oracle gets on their software.
AFAIK, Oracle stopped making he patches for Solaris available unless you had a paid support contract. That for my boss at the time was the writing on the wall. I still have the last of our servers from that time in my Garage. It is going to re-cycling next week.
The end of an era. Ellison will be remembered by many of us for all the wrong things.
Lastly, I hope your boat gets thrashed in the America's Cup.

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