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Oracle buys Sun Microsystems

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Surprising news today; Oracle buys Sun Microsystems (thanks netdaemon on IRC for linking me). I have to say Sun has become quite valuable to me as a GNU/Linux user and probably FOSS crowd in general. This is due to MySQL (which they bought earlier), awesome easy to use virtualization app Virtualbox, OpenOffice.org, OpenSolaris, Java etc..

Well, all of it is about to be gobbled up by Oracle, a company which I am for some reason wary of, but can't really explain it rationally. They have a proprietary database product which as I understand was primary competition to MySQL and from what I've read about Larry Ellison he's quite a rough player, like Bill Gates or even Steve Ballmer? I don't know..

I hope they keep the above mentioned apps as is, or improve them, just not close them down or abandon..

What do you think of this?

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Wow, that's a surprise.

Wow, that's a surprise. Just recently I read that IBM was considering to buy Sun, and now Oracle did it.

From a "free software point of view" I think I may have preferred IBM to buy them, as IBM usually is quite friendly towards free software, but I guess there's also nothing wrong with Oracle. Don't remember anything evil about them.

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Yeah, IBM might have been

Yeah, IBM might have been better. Here is an interesting article which was written prior to the acquisition and analyzed the Oracle/Sun possibility: "What if Oracle bought Sun Microsystems?"

Oracle is the second world's largest software company and largely proprietary oriented and it now owns such a complete set of enterprise and server software that it's gonna be hard to imagine not having a place where Oracle isn't involved in some way, sort of like Microsoft. For example, it might now be a de facto (or nearly, there's still PostgreSQL) monopoly on databases. Oracle DB + MySQL pretty much covers the entire spectrum from high to low end.

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Big Fish takes over another big fish and Oracle CEO must be proud of this acquisition but what is really surprising is that the purchase has been made during a super recessionary period.

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Probably Sun was on sale

Probably Sun was on sale because of that. 5.99$ for the whole company...

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Actually it says here it

Actually it says here it was "$9.50 per share in cash". Also, "the transaction is valued at approximately $7.4 billion, or $5.6 billion net of Sun’s cash and debt."

Though yeah it's probably true economy had partly to do with things not going so great at Sun. It was already in some troubles before and when bad economic conditions hit, the weaker ones tend to be the first to fall. Though of course it could've been far worse. This, aside from maybe the IBM acquisition, may be the best resolution they could've hoped for aside from somehow suddenly reorganizing and beginning to rapidly rake in value on their own.

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