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Wednesday, 18 March 2009

IBM to buy SUN - the End for NetBeans and Glassfish?

I am sure that you have seen in the tech news that IBM are looking to buy SUN MicroSystem the owner of JAVA and now MySQL.

Sun has been losing money on its Solaris based servers, probably one of the reason Solaris is now Open Source? Sun started to lose money after the 2000-01 dot com bubble burst. Since the company has been trying to reinvent himself and even tried to look for buyers for more than year. Rumours says that HP turned the offer down. Everyone must be thinking now, why a company which losing money and put himself up for sale at $6B would buy an open source company for $1B (MySQL)?

Anyway, what would this acquisition mean to the JAVA world? IBM has been a major sponsor of SUN rival IDE - Eclipse. Therefore there is a major question as what will happen to NetBeans? Oh, and what about JavaFX, it is still in beta stage as far as I can see and cannot yet compete with Flash or SilverLight, will IBM pull the plug on that?

WOW, I have so much questions but I am not sure how to formulate them all. For example, I am a big fan of NetBeans and Glassfish but IBM develops Eclipse and WebSphere, I can't help feel insecure about the future of NetBeans & Glassfish to be replaced by IBM own baby.

NetBeans funding will ceased th project will become a full fledge Open Source and hopefully an organisation like Apache or even Google take over it. But what about MySQL, IBM has DB2 which is very powerful so what are they going to do with DB systems?

You know what guys, time will tell us so let's just wait and see, shall we?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2009/mar/18/ibm-sun-deal-maybe



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