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Sun.com Will NOT Disappear After June 1 (Corrected)

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A few days ago I wrote:

The www.sun.com site will be decommissioned on June 1 of this year.

In the comments I went on to say that I doubted there would be 1:1 redirects.

I was wrong. (Don't tell my wife I'm capable of saying that!) The www.sun.com domain will NOT be decommissioned or sold on June 1 of this year. Rather, sun.com URLs will redirect to oracle.com URLs, with 1:1 redirects where possible.

Most of the content that was on BigAdmin, OpenSolaris.com, and some sections of SDN has already been migrated to the System Admin and Developer Community of the Oracle Technology Network (OTN).

Our engineering team is working on a solution for the Hardware Compatibility List. I'll let you know where it ends up and in what form as soon as I know.

If you find content on those legacy sites that you'd like to ensure we make available on OTN, please let me know.

- Rick

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Comments ( 27 )
  • Former Sun Blogger Thursday, March 10, 2011


  • Matt gillard Friday, March 11, 2011

    Sun blueprints?

  • Richard Ramsey Friday, March 11, 2011

    The content in blogs.sun.com will remain available. A blogging platform similar to blogs.sun.com is in the works at Oracle so that blogging can continue as before.

    Kemer will tell you about BluePrints.

    - Rick

  • Former Sun Blogger Friday, March 11, 2011

    Will you put redirects in place so that all the thousands of links across the web to blogs.sun.com remain functional?

  • Richard Ramsey Friday, March 11, 2011

    Former Sun Blogger ... I'm not involved with the project, so anything I say is at best rumor, speculation, and hearsay, but I don't expect re-directs. :-(

    Tight IT budget.


  • Mark Saturday, March 12, 2011

    Because straight redirects from sun.com to (say) sun-archive.oracle.com cost so much money.

  • duran Saturday, March 12, 2011

    oracle willingly saying "we don't care" about this history of work that exists in the sun.com domain is yet another indication of the sad sad end of a real legacy of our computing history.

    Business decisions lead to such an event, but you can't deny the history, and work that sun.com did, and contributed to what we all know and use and live in.


  • foo Saturday, March 12, 2011

    Oracle should do something about their high contrast, red, black & white color scheme.

  • Fred Clausen Saturday, March 12, 2011


  • Peter Saturday, March 12, 2011

    I believe redirects should be possible (even at tight budgets). We need those!!

  • Phil Vid Saturday, March 12, 2011

    I dont think this is a big deal. Most of the stuff on sun.com is obsolete now. I think that you will find that if you legimately pay for support you get more than what you need in oracle metalink and better quality and accuracy than the content on the sun forums anyway.

  • Some Jerk Saturday, March 12, 2011

    Typical. More proof that Oracle is only interested in saving a few pennies a year and providing the crap service they're renowned for.

    Keep up the horrible work, I'm sure you'll make more money using Google for using Java in Android than you will selling your horrible products.

  • EnterpriseToday Saturday, March 12, 2011

    Horrible. Think of all the beautiful art, the concise and meaningful code that will be lost to humanity.

    I myself achieved enlightenment reading EJB that was auto-generated from an XML file in 1999.

  • Gary Saturday, March 12, 2011

    sun.com was the first website I ever visited on the internet at "cyberia" cafe in London in 1995. It was advertised on the back page of a magazine in the UK if I remember correctly.

  • How much Saturday, March 12, 2011

    ...sun chemical offering a pretty penny for it, at?

  • Larry Tuesday, March 15, 2011

    Hey Mike - who cares about your code or all the rest of you freeloaders using Java without paying Oracle for EVERY SINGLE COPY. So your code breaks, like it did when the schemas were moved or the vendor code was changed? Complain to your account manager. Oh, you don't have an account manager? Guess you don't matter then.

  • Dimitris Tuesday, March 15, 2011


    URLs as schema name spaces were always a bad idea anyway.

  • Freeburg Tuesday, March 15, 2011



  • ayshf_m Wednesday, March 16, 2011

    Sun going dark :-( tis a very sad day.

    I have an oracle account manager, fat lot of good it does. I also have support contracts, again money exchanged incompetance proffered. I also have a login to the mickey mouse entity that is myOracle support. Grim isn't the word for it. I prefer google and only if I can't find what I need do I reluctantly use this horror.

    Oh and they can't come and see me in April cos it's Oracle years end and they are too busy. With Oracle a customer is an inconvenience.

    As an aside how many mill do you have to punt in Oracle's direction before they take you seriously?

    Anyways rant over.

  • black hole sun Friday, March 18, 2011

    Time for a little Soundgarden I suppose... seems quite fitting...

  • ABC Friday, March 18, 2011

    Shutting down sun.com is like demolishing The Great Wall of China.


  • Strata Sunday, March 20, 2011


    Thanks very much for sharing and collating the info, and trying to preserve it. It can't be any easier for y'all on the inside of this than it is for us hearing it on the outside. We appreciate your efforts in saving this stuff.

    Maybe arrange a big crawl by WAIS / the Internet Archive before blogs.sun.com goes dark?

    Keep the faith.

  • SILICON.de Monday, March 21, 2011
    [Trackback] Oracle hat offenbar kein Interesse an der Marke Sun und will im Sommer die Domain Sun.com auf Oracle.com umziehen.
  • Justin Monday, March 21, 2011

    How about a 1:1 redirect for docs.sun.com? This is my biggest complaint about the oracle take over. No one seems to care.

  • guest Monday, March 21, 2011

    Blogs.Sun.com redirects \*are\* in the plan, I believe.

  • sga Tuesday, March 22, 2011

    i just emailed to your wife.

  • Tiffany & Co Monday, April 18, 2011

    You have a very nice and motivating posting style, it makes me read your articles with great interest.

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