The Impact of the Oracle-Sun Deal on Apple

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Oracle's purchase of Sun will likely work out better for Apple in the long run than if IBM had followed through on the deal, thanks to not only Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's friendship with Steve Jobs but also the fact that Sun and Apple offer complementary technologies, including Unix-based operating systems.

While Mr. Ellison was quoted as saying that Sun's Solaris OS is "by far the best Unix technology on the market," Anthony Frausto-Robledo wrote in a commentary for Architosh: "Sun could foster an interest in running Solaris in its own Virtualbox as an industry Unix workstation platform, giving Mac Pro customers even more options. Sun could sell Virtualbox in the future preconfigured for a guest Solaris install and highly tuned and configured for engineering and science on the Mac Pro.

"At the same time, Apple could update both Boot Camp and work together with Oracle's Sun to focus Virtualbox on becoming the strongest performing virtualization tool for engineering and CAD, thereby enabling thousands of engineers and scientists with deep history in Solaris-based workflows to continue along in this direction but with the added benefit and flexibility of Mac OS X behind them. This helps Solaris stay meaningful in the high-end science and engineering world."

In addition, Sun's strength in enterprise sales and support could assist Apple in that area, while the two companies' chip engineers could come up with "even more wonderful micro-processors," Mr. Frausto-Robledo wrote.

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I like the fact that Oracle got Sun instead of Apple.  I prefer to see Cupertino strike up joint ventures as opposed to seemingly going it alone.  I like Apple’s relationships with AT&T and Intel.  In either situation the teamwork is a win win for the parties.

As far as new micro-processors go, I see that as a pipe dream.  Oracle would have to be better hardware salesmen then Sun was.  I see Intel becoming a bigger player if Sun decides to push its own iron.  From all that I have read it appears that Apple has Intel thinking more RISC architecture now days.  OS X Snow Leopard is going to be the best Multi-tasking, Multi-threading OS since BeOS.  Intel finally has an OS worthy of it CPUs.

Ellison will treat Apple like any other competitor.  The Apple/Oracle relationship will stay cozy until they start courting the same markets.  Believe me, if anyone in either Apple or Sun thought the synergy was there the deal would have gone through.

Maybe this is for another day but I am more curious about the fates of Java and Open Office.  Sun’s biggest failure was in developing a way to make Java profitable.  You can also say the same for OPen Office.


Maybe this is for another day but I am more curious about the fates of Java and Open Office.? Sun?s biggest failure was in developing a way to make Java profitable.? You can also say the same for OPen Office

Oh ****, I forgot that Sun owns OpenOffice too. I really hope Oracle won’t mess with OO. I use it 100% of the time at home and work and I love it.

OTOH maybe they will put some additional resources into OO and make it into a real MS Office beater.


Uh, wait.  Sun owns Star Office, but they made the source code freely available 8 or 9 years ago.  Then Star Office turned around and used some of the components in OpenOffice. 

What I am saying is that I don’t think Sun owns OpenOffice at all.  In fact the license is the same one that Mozilla use, the GNU Lesser General Public License.


I think that Ellison is going after the cloud. He now has the hardware (Sun servers), the backend (Oracle), the middleware (Java), and personal productivity suite (StarOffice/OpenOffice). Just a hunch, but this is his way of combatting Google in the cloud.


That’s a relief.

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