Re: The future of Java

=?ISO-8859-1?Q?Arne_Vajh=F8j?= <>
Sat, 21 Nov 2009 12:10:06 -0500
Roedy Green wrote:

On Fri, 20 Nov 2009 19:48:47 -0500, Arne Vajh?j <>
wrote, quoted or indirectly quoted someone who said :

Their finances were not that good before (else they would
not have been put up for sale!) and now IBM and HP has lured
away a slice of customers.

Just a short while ago Sun was cash rich. Are you just assuming it was
put up for sale, or did you read somewhere they did that? I guess it
is not like putting it up on Craig's List. Possible buyers are well
aware of when Sun was financially vulnerable to takeover.

SUN's had a loss of 2.2 billion dollar in FY 2009.

It is public that SUN negotiated with both IBM and Oracle. According
to gossip then HP were also approached.

Years ago I read that computer companies often do well in recessions.
Companies try to save money by firing people and replacing them with

Sure. Those making money from cheap Linux and Windows system may do

But the market for high end systems and storage are not that well. And
IBM and HP seems to be doing better than SUN in that market.

Sun's behaviour over the years has been exemplary. They have been
honest with customers. They have not betrayed them the way
corporations often do. They have been generous. Their products are
good quality. I hope there is some way they can continue much as

There are still people that will never forgive SUN for the
SunOS 4->5 isuues.

Even if they are swallowed in the blender, I would like to publicly
thank them their part in providing me Java, MySQL and Open Office.

SUN did not provide you MySQL. SUN just acquired the company
not long ago. And have lost most of the original people since then.


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