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The Sun-Oracle deal?

Reason nbr 1 why I think the open source, hacking community should not support the Oracle-Sun deal:

http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/news.php?id=300

Sun, via SPARC International (founded by Sun in 1989 or so and since ever then financially supported by Sun), has set loose the attack dogs on popular open-source hardware electronics shop SparkFun. Why? because in the minds of their lawyers and managers there is too much similarity between the words SPARC and SparkFun. And \*gasp\* people could confuse a SPARC server or workstation with a microcontroller or other electronic components.

Hello? The notation that potential SPARC / Sun customers and SparkFun customers could confuse the two is insulting. Hey, even Sun employees, including Java SPOT guys, bought from SparkFun in the past http://search.sun.com/blogs/index.jsp?col=blog&scope=full&qt=SparkFun And they didn't complain they got electronic components instead of a truckload of dinosaur servers.

Now, would you, as a community, trust someone doing such BS? Sun couldn't be trusted with open source in the past, they haven't changed. And Oracle, with that mad man, can't be trusted, too. So no, as long as MySQL is in the hands of Sun / Orcale, the deal shouldn't be supported or allowed.

BTW, when many people are concerned about the same issue it isn't a "campaign". It is just many people expressing the same concern.

Posted by Klaus Karder on October 23, 2009 at 05:53 PM PDT #

Klaus:

Calm down. Although Sun started SPARC International, it is now independent of Sun and Sun is no more than a member like Fujitsu, Hitachi and others. Blaming Sun for this incident is like blaming IBM for something done by the Eclipse Foundation.

I am investigating whether I have any influence over the matter since Sun is a licensee of SPARC International and naturally other people are making the same mistake you are making. But you should direct your anger elsewhere.

Posted by Simon Phipps on October 23, 2009 at 11:34 PM PDT #

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