Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st Dec 2016 20:41 UTC
Oracle and SUN

There's a rumour going around that Oracle is close to ending all development of Solaris, effectively killing the operating system.

Solaris being canned, at least 50% of teams to be RIF'd in short term. All hands meetings being cancelled on orders from legal to prevent news from spreading. Hardware teams being told to cease development. There will be no Solaris 12, final release will be 11.4. Orders coming straight from Larry.

It's just rumours for now, but they've been gaining steam over the past few days.

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sergio
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2005-07-06


I drive past the old SUN HQ in the UK almost every day.
They had a lot of really good engineers who cared about the stuff they sold. That all changed when Oracle took over.


Sun had the best engineers in the world because that was the company culture.

Oracle changed that incredible, innovative and unique culture for the standard and mediocre "don't give a shit" culture that every other big IT company in the world have (not only Oracle, all of them).

I've been working as Unix administrator for the last 16 years and I had the opportunity to solve an infinite amount problems with the help of Sun support engineers... they took their jobs with a passion I've never seen in other IT companies. Let me give you an example: one time, 10 years ago, a german Sun engineer sent emails to my personal address weeks after a big problem We had with a Solaris bug to know if I needed more help and how everything went...

They didn't want to close a "ticket" in a queue... they actually wanted to find the root cause and solve the problem!!

I know that might sound stupid... and maybe that level of involvement is usual in other businesses or in the scientific world I don't know... but in the IT business that's just incredible.

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