Sun+IBM ==> What does it mean for Java?

; Date: Sat Apr 04 2009

Tags: OpenJDK

I've been gone from Sun for a little while now but of course I'm still interested in Java, and thankfully still have access to this java.net blog. Anyway the recent news about IBM pondering buying Sun has piqued my interest.

To me the potential hookup seems like a bad idea. Sun plays a useful role in the computer industry as an independent company, that would be lost if woven into IBM. And the tremendous overlap between Sun+IBM leaves me scratching my head over what they could be thinking. Unfortunately Sun has run into some more serious trouble than they were already in.

Whatever the business stuff is being done.. the real puzzle is whether IBM will be a better steward of Java than Sun has been.

I really don't know.. Wonder what is on everybody's mind.

Here's a few items I'm finding in recent blog/news searches..

Dana Blankenhorn talks about (web.archive.org) The failure of McNealy's ponytail strategy .. the enterprise storage forum thinks IBM-Sun Merger Appears Near (with an announcement on monday) .. In JavaWorld they interviewed a bunch of folk about (web.archive.org) If IBM owns Java ... James Gosling is quoted warning of James Gosling warns of ‘culture clash’ if IBM buys Sun ... (forbes.com) Forbes.com is predicting IBM And Sun: There Will Be Blood ... And C|NET's staff have written several articles about (web.archive.org) Envisioning Sun on IBM's horizon

Source: (web.archive.org) weblogs.java.net

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