So, the EU has approved the acquisition of Sun by Oracle. This coming Monday makes 15 years that I have been at Sun. And this morning two movie scenes keep rolling around in my head.
First is from 1776, the great old musical about how the US came to be. Right after the Continental Congress unanimously votes, after a long struggle, for independence from England, they all sit stunned that it has passed and John Adams, played by William Daniels just says, "It's done. It's done." They really didn't know what was in store, but they were confident of a bright future, albeit one that would require a huge effort on everyone's part. (Just before this, he sang one of my favorite songs about commitment and pushing forward.)
The second is from Camelot. I suspect a lot of us long-time Sun folks are feeling just a tad nostalgic right now for the place where "the rain would never fall till after sundown." For many, Sun has been "for one brief shining moment" a really special place to be. I've always thought of the people at Sun first when I think about this company. Some of the finest, smartest, most willing to pitch in and help each other no matter what folks you will ever find.
Scott McNealy said it best in his keynote at Oracle OpenWorld this past October. He said he wanted people to remember that Sun Kicked Butt, Had Fun, Didn't Cheat, Loved Our Customers, and Changed Computing Forever. That about sums it up.
Now, the next chapter in Sun is about to start. I think it's going to be bright with lots of opportunity and a great time all around. But, no matter how wonderful it is, it will be different and we'll look back and miss many of the good times at Sun.
I'm excited about the next chapter.