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January 28, 2010 by

How the Sun continues to rise

I had sighed a sigh of relief when Sun Microsystems rejected a takeover bid from Big Blue in April last year. When Oracle entered the picture shortly after, I had hoped against hope that the European Commission would decree the union anticompetitive.

October 20, 2009 by

Looking beyond Windows 7 and Office; Pondering the alternatives

Gartner is telling customers to upgrade to Windows 7 and the latest Office, but adds that it may make sense to at least ponder the alternatives and move toward a more operating system neutral stance.In a talk at the Gartner IT Symposium in Orlando, Gartner analyst Michael Silver rehashed much of what the research firm revealed last week.

May 1, 2009 by

Oracle Office, MySQL, and other dreams

The Sun/Oracle merger probably offers more genuine synergies and opportunities than anything either company has done in the past. One of those, a commercially minor but personally interesting one, involves a product which started life with name "Oracle Office" - it become something else, but could now realize its birthright.

April 20, 2009 by

Oracle to Buy Sun - View from the Virtual World

If Oracle's acquisition of Sun actually becomes a market reality, it will most certainly change the dynamics of the market for servers, operating systems, development tools, database management systems, applications and, of course, virtualization technology. Let's take a dark view of the possibilities in each area.

March 19, 2009 by

Do we care if IBM buys Sun?

This whole Sun IBM thing sounds like a job for a lot of MBAs, right? Not those of us who just want to keep our computers running and make sure that students and teachers can get online.

December 21, 2008 by

The open source guide to the galaxy

Could your business be paying for a proprietary program when an open source alternative exists? Take a look at our guide as we count down the most popular open source products.

December 3, 2008 by

Slicing up Sun

Being employed by a large technology company and being a freelance technology writer has its pitfalls, one of which is from a disclosure perspective: I'm not allowed to talk about strategy and forward-looking statements regarding the company I work for.The risk of making such statements is that one might commit the company to things that it wouldn't necessarily commit to, especially when one is not qualified or permitted to make such statements in the first place.

October 13, 2008 by

OpenOffice 3 launch timed perfectly but will Sun, IBM exploit opportunity?

Sun and IBM could not have asked for better timing for the launch of OpenOffice 3, a major upgrade of the open source office suite.Both vendors are preparing to ship commercial offerings of StarOffice and Symphony based on the new OO 3 release and have a grand marketing opportunity if they heed what their target audiences really need.

March 17, 2008 by

When Lintel beats Wintel

Lintel is always cheaper than Wintel to get into, but it usually only wins on long term TCO where the applications, like Apache and Firefox, lead Microsoft's and, conversely, it loses on long term TCO where the applications, like StarOffice and Gnome, follow Microsoft's lead.


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