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  • #31
    Originally posted by KDesk View Post
    But it is easier to change the license to GPL (if IBM buys SUN) than write the whole Btrfs File System!
    BTRFS should be ready to use this year and you've got to port ZFS to Linux. GPL'ing it won't magically make it working.

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    • #32
      well since sun stocks are down 25%, if I was IBM i'd go back in and buy them now!

      Seems perfect!

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      • #33
        Originally posted by lordmozilla View Post
        well since sun stocks are down 25%, if I was IBM i'd go back in and buy them now!

        Seems perfect!
        Heh, better then a scratch for discount card.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by Ex-Cyber View Post
          I can imagine IBM positioning SPARC as the "open source" CPU option with a broader range of consulting/customization services for smaller customers while keeping PowerPC around for bigger customers... maybe wishful thinking, but it will be interesting to see what happens in any case.
          The only thing I want to say here is that, of these two architectures, PowerPC is far more open than Sparc. PPC has been customized for dozens, maybe hundreds of unique loads. Sparc has not. IBM uses it's Fishkill FAB to manufacture custom PPC chips for many different companies. Sparc doesnt come any were near PPC's level of variety. Also as an advanced architecture PPC has a much brighter future then Sparc.

          Personally I would absolutely love to see PPC replace x86 as the desktop chip of choice

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          • #35
            Originally posted by duby229 View Post
            The only thing I want to say here is that, of these two architectures, PowerPC is far more open than Sparc.
            Historically, that's been true. I'd argue that the situation changed a bit when Sun released the OpenSPARC T1 source.

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            • #36
              Oracle have bought SUN!

              http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/04...acle_buys_sun/

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              • #37
                Oracle is a btrfs supporter.

                Going by their statements today they're gonna be pushing for Solaris (I am happy, more happy than if IBM had bought them anyway..), perhaps their Red Hat/btrfs dabblings will come to an end?

                Now one just has to sit and wait to see what will happen to Solaris.. No more OpenSolaris? Forking of Solaris code to a proprietary project? Or just business as usual?

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                • #38
                  Not sure if this bodes well for java or zfs actually becoming more open.

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                  • #39
                    & openoffice?

                    Earlier I asked if IBM would have Sun continue to support openoffice & got good news. What'll happen with it now?

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by alazyworkaholic View Post
                      Earlier I asked if IBM would have Sun continue to support openoffice & got good news. What'll happen with it now?
                      I suppose it will be given to community.

                      Btw. here's interesting article:

                      http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS2829525484.html

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                      • #41
                        IBM got lucky not to buy Sun. Usually those huge companies are overpriced. When you look at AMD then they never got back on track after buying ATI. That's only for burning money. Joining efforts would not require to buy a company.

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by Kano View Post
                          IBM got lucky not to buy Sun. Usually those huge companies are overpriced. When you look at AMD then they never got back on track after buying ATI. That's only for burning money. Joining efforts would not require to buy a company.
                          I was thinking something like that may be a possibility too. IBM may have very well been suckering Oracle into buying them. It's great timing to force the competitions hand into making a heavy investment.

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                          • #43
                            It does line up an interesting Small Business Server product, a market IBM don't seem interested in. Solaris/Apache+Tomcat/OracleSQL should make a compelling competitor to Windows/IIS/MS-SQL, given the reputation of the various products. Afterall, it does take one of the most revered server OSes and match it with one of the most revered RDBMS SQL engines, and wraps it up nicely with the most commodity of the server side application engines.

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                            • #44
                              Well it looks like the MySQL devs are fleeing a sinking ship and forking because of the Oracle acquisition.
                              http://monty-says.blogspot.com/2009/...o-be-free.html

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