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Oracle to Buy Sun
Sun and Oracle today announced a definitive agreement for Oracle to acquire Sun for $9.50 per share in cash. The Sun Board of Directors has unanimously approved the transaction. It is anticipated to close this summer.
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Oracle Buys Sun
On April 20, 2009, Oracle announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Sun Microsystems (Sun). The proposed transaction is subject to Sun stockholder approval, certain regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. Until the deal closes, each company will continue to operate independently, and it is business as usual.
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So sad, this is the first time that .NET seems something to consider.

We all know about Oracle's history with software quality and inovation, what will happen with SUN's open source stack?

What will happen to GlassFish and OpenESB? This was our escape from that Fusion stuff , this is really sad, what should we do now?

Is someone out there going to pick up JCAPS?

Posted by George de la Torre on April 20, 2009 at 09:22 AM PDT #

re: What will happen to OpenESB -- I don't know; it is way too early to speculate even if we were to assume no issues with regulators and Sun's shareholders.

One thought is that this is truly an industry changing change so some assumptions may not apply. Oracle is very clear they are interested in the hardware side of Sun - that was an angle I was not considering last week... but it might make sense if you see it in the context of Cisco, IBM, Google, EMC, etc.

Posted by Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart on April 20, 2009 at 10:25 AM PDT #

The other alternative (IBM) was much scarier from where I'm sat, but I do wonder how WebLogic and Glassfish are going to be consolidated. There's a similar story with MySQL / Oracle too (although I suspect they cater to different markets).

Posted by Dick Davies on April 20, 2009 at 07:53 PM PDT #

There's definitely some serious overlap of software between Oracle's licensed products and Sun's open-source ones. No question the latter was a threat to Oracle, so the big question on my mind is: will Oracle embrace open-source model or kill it?

Posted by Cyril on April 21, 2009 at 01:52 AM PDT #

Most probably Oracle will treat Glassfish as the RI or Children's Edition.

That's a sad development for opensource.

Posted by George Linton on April 23, 2009 at 02:24 AM PDT #

JBoss, Geronimo, Tomcat, SpringSource, and others are not going away (so far at least). I think there are VERY interesting possibilities with ORCL + Sun in the middleware space. Unfortunately, as I understand the rules of pre-acquisition, I _believe_ I am not supposed to speculate about these things; I'll double check, though.

In the meantime, we are supposed to go "business as usual", and that's what I'm doing. GlassFish is a great project, I'm very proud of what we have accomplished and I'm focusing on our existing plans for the next months, including JavaOne and CommunityOne.

- eduard/o

Posted by Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart on April 23, 2009 at 03:15 AM PDT #

Oracle might think of treating Glassfish as "Children's Edition" but that will be a big mistake on their part.

There are a lot of VC's out there who would be willing to pickup the slack. Glassfish is good and glassfish can can give back those VC's tons of cash.

Hurray for opensource!

Posted by Eric on May 13, 2009 at 09:22 PM PDT #

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