Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Apr 2010 20:24 UTC, submitted by Governa
Oracle and SUN When Oracle announced its intentions to buy Sun Microsystems, many were worried about the future of Sun's large open source software portfolio, which includes things like Solaris, Java, MySQL, and more. It seems like Oracle is still struggling with what to do with the large body of products Sun entails; they've started charging 90 USD per user for the Microsoft Office ODF plugin.
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RE: wow
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 20th Apr 2010 23:00 UTC in reply to "wow"
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2006-12-05

Apparently Oracle doesn't. It really looks like they're driving the generosity and open source friendliness of Sun straight down into the ground. The future is looking bleak for Sun's great line of open source tools... I'm expecting Oracle to crush it any time soon. Hopefully some people can get a team together to fork them... at this time it's looking to be a real necessary solution.

People thought the Novell/Microsoft deal harmed open source. Hah, if anything appears to really have the potential to do it, it's Oracle.

I don't really know Oracle, but my first impressions can be summed up as "disaster." I didn't think it'd stop with the re-closing of Solaris, though.

Edited 2010-04-20 23:01 UTC

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RE[2]: wow
by Nex6 on Tue 20th Apr 2010 23:17 in reply to "RE: wow"
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yea, I dont know Orcale either. but somehow I dont think that there going to be a s friendly with OSS projects like sun was

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RE[2]: wow
by Quake on Tue 20th Apr 2010 23:53 in reply to "RE: wow"
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2005-10-14

I had a bad feeling about how Oracle is going to treat Sun products...

For me, Oracle is the IBM of the past, black suit men only thinking about how they can squeeze a profit out of every product.

Edited 2010-04-20 23:57 UTC

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RE[3]: wow
by UltraZelda64 on Wed 21st Apr 2010 00:36 in reply to "RE[2]: wow"
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2006-12-05

For me, Oracle is the IBM of the past, black suit men only thinking about how they can squeeze a profit out of every product.

Heh, at those prices for a simple ODF plugin which used to not cost a penny, even compared the price of MS Office itself... it seems like gouging is the proper term. It's disturbing, really, the way some companies so arrogantly-price some of their stuff that--quite honestly--isn't worth more than a tiny fraction of their asking price. And I thought Microsoft (Windows, X360) and Sony (PS2/PS3) were bad...

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RE[3]: wow
by darknexus on Wed 21st Apr 2010 01:21 in reply to "RE[2]: wow"
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For me, Oracle is the IBM of the past, black suit men only thinking about how they can squeeze a profit out of every product.


True, but this is as opposed to Sun who were so unconcerned with their bottom line that they ran themselves into the ground. There's a middle ground, and honestly I don't think Oracle would need to charge anything like this for an Office plugin, but they do have to try and make profits on everything they do or acquire. They are after all a corporation, which is a synonym for greedy bastards.
If they are trying a strategic move though, it might just be brilliant. For the governments that use ODF, doesn't Oracle now own Staroffice? If Oracle were to price Staroffice much lower than this plugin, they could put some serious pressure on Microsoft in certain markets. True there's Openoffice, but governments tend to like to have commercial support behind the products they use so might be more likely to opt for Staroffice. Either way, it would work out well for everyone except Microsoft.

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