"It didn't take long, after that, for IBM to convert to open
source. While the company has never released its own Linux
distribution, in 2008, 8.3% of all changes in the latest Linux
kernel came from IBM developers. Only Red Hat and Novell, with
11.2% and 8.9%, had invested more work in Linux.
"IBM also has invested in quite a few open source Java projects.
It is a major player in the Apache Web server space. Among its
other Apache projects is Derby, a lightweight, Java-based RDBMS.
The popular Eclipse IDE also started as an IBM project.
"So what will all this mean when IBM and Sun get together?
Opinions vary. Miko Matsumura, Sun's former chief Java evangelist
and now a VP and deputy CTO of Software AG believes that the merge
means the end of the NetBeans IDE. Furthermore, he believes the
Java Community Process, weakened by recent controversies over OSGi
and Java modularity, will die."
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