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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Java and OpenOffice
by abraxas on Wed 18th Mar 2009 21:48 UTC
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I think the main interest here is Java and OpenOffice. I can't see IBM giving a crap about SPARC. IBM already incorporates Java and OpenOffice into their products and it would be better for IBM if they controlled them. As for OpenSolaris I'm betting it is going to die. I don't think IBM is going to retain the Sun license if they do buy Sun and this means we may see ZFS and DTrace GPLed. OpenSolaris doesn't have much of a community anyway and if those two technologies are GPLed it would take away two major reasons that some people prefer OpenSolaris. IBM already has AIX and Linux, I don't think they are looking for another UNIX.

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