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[2]: why not?
by bryanv on Wed 18th Mar 2009 14:40 UTC 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[4]: why not?
by Macrat on Wed 18th Mar 2009 17:53 in reply to "RE[3]: why not?"
Macrat Member since:
2006-03-27

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.


That is still much less than 1% of Sun's revenues.

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RE[4]: why not?
by youlle on Wed 18th Mar 2009 18:12 in reply to "RE[3]: why not?"
youlle Member since:
2005-07-06

Also I work for the Department Of Works & Pensions in the UK, our main benefit systems are coded in Java for portability. So obviously we have a large vested interest in the continuing development of Java.

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