[FoRK] Oracle buys Sun; Now owns Java; Becomes a hardware player

Luis Villa luis at tieguy.org
Mon Apr 20 15:11:20 PDT 2009

On Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 5:55 PM, Stephen Williams <sdw at lig.net> wrote:
> B.K. DeLong wrote:
>> On Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 5:23 PM, Luis Villa <luis at tieguy.org> wrote:
>>> ...
>>>> I still think a purchase by Apple would have been more interesting all
>>>> around.
>>> Apple's success is because of their razor-like focus on real
>>> consumers. Apple wouldn't compromise that for roughly all the money on
>>> Earth. Sun wouldn't know a real consumer if it hit them in the face.
>>> Huge cultural gap there.
>> Agreed. I don't know what Apple would do with Sun....at all.
> I can see that point.  Still, it would have been entertaining.  And that
> razor-like focus would likely have worked wonders as they merged OS-X and
> Solaris, maybe with a tip of the hat to Linux.
> Perhaps more interesting is to think about who loses here.  Microsoft?  They
> aren't into server hardware, however they suffer as others' server /
> database business becomes more solid.  The whole virtualization thing is
> interesting as it makes MS OSen slightly less annoying to run for servers,
> even while it makes it trivial to have a zillion lower-cost Linuxen VMs
> running.

Put 'mysql customers' on the list of losers. Which just might tempt RH
to make another stab at the SQL server market.


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