What happens to Sun's open-source software now?
Feb 16, 2010, 22:03 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The deal is done. Oracle now owns Sun. Oracle's main
message to Sun's customers seems to be "Don't worry, be happy."
That's not easy when Oracle is not explaining in any detail what it
will be doing with open-source software offerings like MySQL,
OpenOffice, and OpenSolaris.
"In general, we know that Sun's software product catalog will be
cut back and that many Sun staffers will soon be laid-off.
Historically, when Oracle acquires a company, deep cuts are the
rule. For example, Oracle fired about 5,000 workers after acquiring
PeopleSoft. This time around Oracle is saying that there will be
only about a thousand layoffs. In particular, although no one is
going on record, it's feared that Sun's open-source groups will
take the brunt of these cuts."
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