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Oracle Were After The Software All Along

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There's an interesting story up on InformationWeek discussing records that show Oracle was only interested in Sun's software all along, and didn't want anything to do with the hardware.

Oracle on March 12 "sent a letter to our board proposing the acquisition by Oracle of certain of our software assets, a minority equity investment by Oracle in our common stock, and entering into certain strategic relationships," Sun said in a filing Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 

Of course, we know how this all ended - Oracle bought out all of Sun for $9.5 billion. But it seems Oracle went after Sun just so IBM wouldn't get it's hands, and control, on Java.

"IBM's offer may have put a scare into Oracle," Stuart Williams, an analyst at Technology Business Research, noted in a recent report. "Oracle has standardized its software stack on [Sun's] Java; it cannot afford to have one of its competitors own this crucial software building block."

It's not as if Oracle's going to do nothing with the hardware. After all, they've bought it too so they might as well make use of it. According to Larry Ellison, that's the plan.

 "Oracle will be the only company that can engineer an integrated system -- applications to disk -- where all the pieces fit and work together so customers do not have to do it themselves," said Ellison.

I'm looking forward to seeing what Oracle's newly acquired control over Java will bring. Are there any reasons to be worried?

Reference: http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml


Alex(JAlexoid) ... replied on Wed, 2009/05/13 - 9:01am

All I can say is: "Duh......"

Did anyone think that Sun would be bought out if they only had control over their hardware?
Save Solaris? Who would want to do that? When there is Linux and OpenSolaris.
T1 and T2 are great pieces of tech, but not that popular.
It's Java that was their saviour. Not even the VM, but the trademark.

Otengi Miloskov replied on Wed, 2009/05/13 - 3:37pm

I think Java will be in good hands with Oracle maybe better than Sun but if we see in other point of view thats why I dont like propetary tools or programming languages, Where is VB, Delphi, PowerBuilder, Clipper and so on?. I dont trust in .Net/C#. I think is better like standard or Open tools and languages as C/C++, Python, PHP, Ruby etc.

RIchard replied on Thu, 2009/05/14 - 2:19pm in response to: Otengi Miloskov

EXACTLY!!!! +1^n


In other news, I was mortified today to learn that Sun was bundling MSN Toolbar with their JRE downloads?? I updated to the latest JRE in one of my virtual machienes and vwala.. opt out adware. Don't get me wrong.. if MS shipped the JRE with windows (the official JRE) , I would bundle their whole effing OS and any other malware that they wanted.. I just hope that sillyness is lost on the new SUN.  


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