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A year later: has Oracle ruined or saved Sun?

Paul Krill | Feb. 10, 2011
The company irks open source advocates but is steadfast in upgrading Sun-derived technologies

Oracle was large enough to take on Sun and experienced enough with mergers to integrate what Sun had to offer, given its experience in added wares from large companies such as PeopleSoft and BEA Systems. That augurs well for the core Sun technologies.

But Oracle is not a company worried about alienating its competitors or partners. The whole organization -- not just Ellison -- has a penchant to publicly bash whomever it disagrees with. Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) discovered that tendency in the dismissal of CEO Mark Hurd (now an Oracle executive), as did SAP -- Oracle PR spammed the press with scathing commentary on its chief applications competitor during the recent trial over software piracy. It should be no surprise that Oracle has continued to upset some people with its New World Order for Sun technologies.

Although this modus operandi is sure to continue angering some technology purists and old-school Sun fans, it should provide reassurance to users that they have a powerhouse behind them with every intention to carry forward those technologies -- and make them profitable.


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