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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I hope that will not happen
by Vanuatoo on Wed 18th Mar 2009 13:13 UTC
Vanuatoo
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2006-08-24

I'm sure that if IBM buys SUN the following products will disappear:

1. NetBeans (In favor to Eclipse)
2. OpenSolaris and Solaris (In favor to Linux and AIX)
3. Glassfish

Sun represents the new wave of OpenSource products in my eyes and if IBM buys SUN that movement and spirit will be killed.

Edited 2009-03-18 13:27 UTC

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RE: I hope that will not happen
by aperh on Wed 18th Mar 2009 13:21 in reply to "I hope that will not happen"
aperh Member since:
2007-01-03

How could Solaris be killed off in favor of Solaris (point #2 you made)?

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AllDayinVA Member since:
2009-03-18

I doubt IBM will kill alot of these products. IBM is firmly staking its future in a data-center consolidation strategy and cloud computing. I think Open Solaris and some of Sun's hardware fits firmly into the strategy. Also - IBM is heavily heavily into Java and development of products using Java - I do know many people inside IBM use NetBeans IDE and Glass Fish. IBM will maintain a heterogeneous environment to see which one will fit best.

Regarding SPARC - I am not sure how it will play out, but IBM will leverage the chip design talent at SUN because micro-electronics has been identified as a core market for IBM.

This acquisition makes sense on many levels.

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RE: I hope that will not happen
by trenchsol on Wed 18th Mar 2009 17:47 in reply to "I hope that will not happen"
trenchsol Member since:
2006-12-07

I think that they wil kill MySQL, too. Like they did with Informix. Considering Solaris....well, they don't even care for their own AIX.

I am not sure about the OpenOffice, IBM has no interest in office software today, despite of the fact that they started as office "hardware" vendor. Yes, OO is open source, but will they be able to go on without company support ?

They don't have to kill products, they could just stop taking care about them.

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