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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Comment by mpxlbs
by mpxlbs on Wed 18th Mar 2009 12:34 UTC
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2009-01-25

Not claiming to know what this will mean for the future of Sun, I personally fear for Virtualbox... I use it an everyday basis and I hope I will be able to in the future aswell without watching it go into a standstill

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RE: Comment by mpxlbs - keep your installs
by jabbotts on Wed 18th Mar 2009 13:47 in reply to "Comment by mpxlbs"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Like anything else already out there; keep your installs archived and the only thing you loose is future development.

If Backtrack where ever to fall off the face of the earth (unlikely), I have ISO for v2, v3 and v4 when it comes out.

Mandriva decided to go KDE4 which reduces it's usefullness on low-resource hardware so I popped a blank in my machine and re-cut 2008.1 defaulting to KDE3.

If OpenSolaris has issues in the future, there is nothing stopping a second fork as far as I know; OpenSolaris from Solaris being the first. The source it out there already.

I'd hope Virtualbox would be forked if fudged by IBM in the future but archive your installs or distro packs for it and your good as long as the dependencies hold out.

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RE: Comment by mpxlbs
by segedunum on Wed 18th Mar 2009 14:38 in reply to "Comment by mpxlbs"
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Not claiming to know what this will mean for the future of Sun, I personally fear for Virtualbox...

I wouldn't really. It's GPLed and in many ways it makes a far better desktop virtualisation platform than VMware Workstation. It can also be expanded in an infinite number of ways as well. There's nothing completely comparable to VirtualBox.

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RE[2]: Comment by mpxlbs
by Hiev on Wed 18th Mar 2009 14:52 in reply to "RE: Comment by mpxlbs"
Hiev Member since:
2005-09-27

it makes a far better desktop virtualisation platform than VMware Workstation

Joke of the year.

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