[SATLUG] OT: Oracle & Sun
brad at shub-internet.org
Mon Apr 20 20:39:07 CDT 2009
on 4/20/09 1:30 PM, Don Wright said:
> And say goodbye to OpenSolaris, free Java, MySQL, ZFS, and the policy
> that Sun patents wouldn't be used to attack Linux.
IMO, MySQL will probably be used as a gateway database, to introduce
people to Oracle. As such, it will need to remain freely available.
Otherwise, it's too dangerous to sell off (it could become more of a
real threat for their cash cow), and it's too dangerous to kill (the
developers will just fork off).
OpenSolaris and ZFS will probably get folded into their
Oracle-as-an-appliance device, and dtrace and mdb, etc... will likewise
be kept and folded into the software.
Java is now a standard, but Oracle will be able to have more control
where it goes. Moreover, they have mission-critical components that are
built in Java, so they need to control their own destiny there. Again,
I think Java will be kept around as a gateway to other Oracle products,
so I don't think it's going away -- there's too much of a community of
developers there that they'd be chucking out with the bathwater.
What I think will go away quickly is the SPARC hardware stuff (probably
sold to Fujitsu, who already has their own line of SPARC hardware), and
I think they'll probably curtail selling standard servers. Their
hardware will be used to run their software on their OS, and provide
their own storage on their own platform as well.
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