March 18, 2009 Leave a comment
I could not let this one go past without some sort of comment. According to the NY Times IBM is in talks with Sun to buy them for $7 billion:
I.B.M. is in talks to buy Sun Microsystems in a proposed deal valued at nearly $7 billion, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said on Wednesday.
The merger, if completed, would mark a big consolidation step in the market for server computers used in corporate data centers — and one that could prompt an antitrust challenge. Together, the two companies would have about 65 percent of the market for server computers running the Unix operating system and 42 percent of the total server market.
A combination of I.B.M., based in Armonk, N.Y., and Sun, based in Santa Clara, Calif., would bring together two companies with a large commitment to research and development spending and open software development. I.B.M.’s annual research and development budget is $6 billion, while Sun’s is $3 billion.
My first ‘real’ Unix computer was SparcStation 1 and I used Sun gear to develop on Unix from 1989 through 2004 (yes, the Feedster search engine was developed on Solaris.) I completely switched to Linux in 2004.