QOTW: Is Oracle buying Sun good or bad for open source?

By   |  April 20, 2009

Question of the week:Database giant Oracle is to buy Sun Microsystems for more than $7 billion. The deal comes just weeks after IBM ended its acquisition talks with Sun. Oracle announced the deal this morning, saying that the deal “combines best-in-class enterprise software and mission-critical computing systems”. Oracle will pay $9.50 a share for Sun, close to $3 higher than Sun’s closing price on Friday, and valuing the deal at $7.4 billion.

Sun owns Java, is the custodian of OpenOffice.org and is home of MySQL. Is this deal good for opens source software?

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2 Responses to “QOTW: Is Oracle buying Sun good or bad for open source?”

  1. Jaco
    April 21st, 2009 @ 10:01 am

    Too early to say.
    Good analysis @ Ars:
    http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2009/04/oracle-acquires-sun-ars-explores-the-impact-on-open-source.ars

    My understanding is that neither are big fans of m$, so we’ll have to wait & see

  2. Morgan
    April 24th, 2009 @ 12:36 pm

    I think it’s bad news, but the question is whether Sun’s demise (if nobody had acquired them) would have been worse.

    Either way projects like MySQL could be forked to some extent…

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