Oracle to Buy Sun Microsystems


A few weeks ago, it was common knowledge that IBM was going to aquire Sun Microsystems. That deal has subsequently been canceled and today, Sun Microsystems anounced that they will now be bought out by Oracle.

Oracle is a large proprietary software company that specialises in large database applications. Sun Microsystems is responsible for lots of software we encounter often in the free software world, such as, MySQL, OpenSolaris, Java and projects such as the ZFS filesystem.

I was much more comfortable when IBM were buying Sun, either way, when large companies buy over other large companies, entire projects can be trashed or morphed to the point where they don’t provide the value to the larger ecosystem they they did before, especially when the technologies they buy compete with their existing technologies.

Fun times, I think it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

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5 Responses

  1. Bo Fussing says:

    Oracle may not exactly have the breadth of open source offerings that Sun has but they are not exactly slacking either, check out

  2. “free software world”
    I think you meant open source software world. It’s not like I can use ZFS in my LGPL project…

  3. jonathan says:

    Ugh, and I forgot VirtualBox :'(

  4. morgs says:

    Oracle buys MySQL! Guess which one won’t be “enterprise ready” in future releases…

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