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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What they will be buying
by Adurbe on Wed 18th Mar 2009 12:33 UTC
Adurbe
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2005-07-06

MySQL
Virtual Box
Java
Sun One
Sun Studio
Sparc
Open Office
Solaris (inc ZFS)
Hardware tech

Client base

even as I write this list I'm surprised by the number of good, powerful 'brands' which IBM would be buying

(i know some are also open source but they are buying the expertise behind it)

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RE: What they will be buying
by s_groening on Wed 18th Mar 2009 13:11 in reply to "What they will be buying"
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2005-12-13

... NetBeans

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RE[2]: What they will be buying
by bryanv on Wed 18th Mar 2009 14:37 in reply to "RE: What they will be buying"
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2005-08-26

Who gives a flying...

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RE: What they will be buying
by segedunum on Wed 18th Mar 2009 14:35 in reply to "What they will be buying"
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2005-07-06

even as I write this list I'm surprised by the number of good, powerful 'brands' which IBM would be buying

I know. It makes it all the more depressing and makes you wonder how on Earth Sun haven't been able to maintain their revenue for the past ten years with all the opportunities that those represent.

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RE[2]: What they will be buying
by crozier on Wed 18th Mar 2009 21:14 in reply to "RE: What they will be buying"
crozier Member since:
2005-09-22

It is indeed sad. But Sun's sales channel is a nightmare. They seem to have no clue how to interact with their customer base.

Their technology and products have come a long way in the last few years though.

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RE: What they will be buying
by Moochman on Wed 18th Mar 2009 14:58 in reply to "What they will be buying"
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2005-07-06

Just listing "Java" as one technology is itself a huge understatement...

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RE[2]: What they will be buying
by Adurbe on Wed 18th Mar 2009 15:23 in reply to "RE: What they will be buying"
Adurbe Member since:
2005-07-06

I refered to Java as the programming language and runtime

but you are correct, they have fuzzied the brand and what it represents.

I also listed Sun One (now Sun Java System) which is load of software suites not just a single app/solution

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RE: What they will be buying
by flanque on Wed 18th Mar 2009 22:44 in reply to "What they will be buying"
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2005-12-15

You pretty much put a blanket category there with the Sun One item, but in case anyone doesn't know that covers many server softwares (which really have lost most of the "SunOne" branding) such as their proxy, web and directory server to name but a few.

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