Sunday, April 5, 2009

Is the sun setting on Sun?

When I first heard this rumor I actually smiled to myself. Ah those clever rumormongers, who thought of this one? Of course, as I always say, I'm the first to admit my mistakes and this looks like I was dead wrong on this one.

According to this article in the New York Times IBM is going to purchase Sun Microsystems. These 2 companies have been rivals for most of Sun's existence and the idea of them together (especially at the current value being offered by IBM) just didn't seem possible to me.

Sun has always seemed so hip to me while IBM has always been so... IBM. I remember about 12 years ago on a trip to Epcot that I got to play on a Sun workstation. It was the highlight of my trip.

Although these 2 companies are huge, both are involved with the corporate market so there should be little impact on consumers. Still it's interesting that in a supposedly down economy IBM is about to pony up 7 billion dollars.

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