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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RE: why?
by Liquidator on Wed 18th Mar 2009 13:22 UTC in reply to "why?"
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I think they would put an end to AIX and switch to Solaris/OpenSolaris. Having MySQL and Java in one's portfolio would be nice too ;)

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RE[2]: why?
by linumax on Wed 18th Mar 2009 13:58 in reply to "RE: why?"
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But IBM already has DB2 and it's own JVM, both of which are ahead of Sun's offerings in some respects (eg. scalability). On the OS side, IBM is much interested and invested in Linux, a migration to Solaris would not happen.

IMHO buying out sun is more about getting Sun's customer base, which IBM is already migrating to its own offerings, as well as having more leverage in determining Java's future. IBM Symphony is also based off of OpenOffice and IBM is pushing it as a replacement for MS Office. This move could help them embolden Symphony.

I think it'll be good for everyone, as Sun is dying anyway, and any valuable technology they developed over the years has been open sourced. Any development in progress could use some IBM cash, and there's a much lower chance of Sun employees losing their jobs if they are acquired compared to just dying a slow death.

Edited 2009-03-18 14:13 UTC

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RE[3]: why?
by AbuHassan on Wed 18th Mar 2009 14:29 in reply to "RE[2]: why?"
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I've been testing Lotus Symphony on my MBP for the last week or two and it is a very solid app.

It starts up faster than OO.org and appears to use a lot less memory while running.

Saying that, there are a few slightly annoying quirks but nothing that is a show stopper.

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RE[3]: why?
by segedunum on Wed 18th Mar 2009 16:14 in reply to "RE[2]: why?"
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IBM Symphony is also based off of OpenOffice and IBM is pushing it as a replacement for MS Office. This move could help them embolden Symphony.

Symphony is a failure and I wish IBM would actually 'get' that they should change tac and learn from their failures in the face of Microsoft, Windows and Office. Lotus software is a shadow of its former self because IBM doesn't get that it is a platform rather than a product and the only way you'll make headway against Office now is to have something free.

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RE[2]: why?
by Bruno the Arrogant on Thu 19th Mar 2009 19:28 in reply to "RE: why?"
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2009-03-19

I think they would put an end to AIX and switch to Solaris/OpenSolaris. Having MySQL and Java in one's portfolio would be nice too ;)


Actually, I think a more likely scenario is that Solaris becomes the commodity offering on Intel, and AIX will remain the premium offering on Power. Sparc has been a moribund platform for a number of years, and it'll probably be phased out. Solaris already has a presence on Intel, and I expect that will likely be the platform that becomes it's new home, and where IBM will migrate Sun's existing customer base. Over time, you'll see most of Solaris's best features migrated to AIX.

As for ever seeing Solaris on Power, I doubt it. If there were any market for it, either IBM or Sun could have offered Solaris on Power already. Neither one of them has shown any interest, most likely because customers haven't asked for it.

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