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 not?
by Treza on Wed 18th Mar 2009 13:28 UTC in reply to "why not?"
Treza
Member since:
2006-01-11

I really hope they won't kill the Sparc.

SUN is doing interesting things in the Rock Sparc, in openSourced many cores/many threads T1 & T2 Niagara chips, far more orignal than the brute-force 5GHz in-order POWER6.

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RE[2]: why not?
by bryanv on Wed 18th Mar 2009 14:40 in reply to "RE: why not?"
bryanv Member since:
2005-08-26

NO Value in Java.

It's a loss-leader. They spend a lot of money keeping that software up to date for what kind of revenue?

I highly doubt that the licensing and branding revenue offsets the development costs. Highly Doubt it.

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RE[3]: why not?
by suryad on Wed 18th Mar 2009 15:05 in reply to "RE[2]: why not?"
suryad Member since:
2005-07-09

Java is still very actively used. Sure SUN is not making any money off of it...but that doesnt mean there is no value in kepping Java up to date ;)

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RE[3]: why not?
by pantheraleo on Wed 18th Mar 2009 17:29 in reply to "RE[2]: why not?"
pantheraleo Member since:
2007-03-07

NO Value in Java.

It's a loss-leader. They spend a lot of money keeping that software up to date for what kind of revenue?


You obviously don't know much about Sun's Java operations do you... Sun makes quite a bit of money on Java in the form of support contracts and high end system integration gigs at companies like e-bay, GM, and The Vatican. And lets not forget about JavaME support contracts either.

Edited 2009-03-18 17:47 UTC

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RE[2]: why not?
by collinm on Wed 18th Mar 2009 14:55 in reply to "RE: why not?"
collinm Member since:
2005-07-15

some sparc processor is gpl now... but now body have used the information to build and sell some cpu...

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