Oracle shuts down open source test servers

Oracle shuts down open source test servers that PostgreSQL uses to test their builds. PostgreSQL is competing with Oracle’s MySQL and Oracle Database.

Oracle shuts down open source test servers

Like most open source platforms, PostgreSQL relies on an army of distributed volunteers. It is volunteers that, for example, operate the PostgreSQL Build farm, a “distributed, automated build and verify system” built by enthusiast Andrew Dunstan.

Oracle has shut down servers Sun Microsystems was contributing to the build farm for open source database software, PostgreSQL, forcing enthusiasts to scramble to find new hosts to test updates to their software on the Solaris operating system.

“It’s a vital piece of the infrastructure for developing PostgreSQL,” Dunstan told iTnews. “Before it existed, if some change we made broke on some platform, it was often weeks or months before we found out about it. Now we know within hours.”

At the start of July, Oracle shut down its three PostgreSQL build farm servers without warning, leaving the PostgreSQL community rushing to find replacements.

Dunstan said he “suspects” Oracle does view PostgreSQL as a competitor. (Source: IT News)

I love to see Oracle post their financial results, they have made quite a bit of cost cutting moves since the acquisition. You can hardly blame them too; they’ve got shareholders to report to. After all, doing too much charity work on open source is partly why Sun Microsystems failed in the first place.

Oracle trying to make money with Java

This is a good move perhaps, one of the new features of Java 1.6 Update 14 is:

Garbage First (G1) Garbage Collector

Garbage First, or G1, is a low pause, server style collector. G1’s primary advantages over the Concurrent Mark-Sweep (CMS) collector include incremental compaction, better predictability and ease of use.

Although G1 is available for use in this release, note that production use of G1 is only permitted where a Java support contract has been purchased. G1 is supported thru Sun’s Java Platform Standard Edition for Business program. Source: Sun

I got really tired of Java updates. I realized it never just updates to the latest, instead it keeps all the old ones which I see no need for.

Oracle, not IBM, will acquire Sun

With the new buy Oracle will own MySQL! Well, that’s really nothing compared to Oracle’s own database. But Oracle will now own Java too. Not that I care of course.

Oracle Buys Sun

Oracle Corporation (Nasdaq: ORCL) and Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: JAVA) announced today they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Oracle will acquire Sun common stock for $9.50 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $7.4 billion, or $5.6 billion net of Sun’s cash and debt. “We expect this acquisition to be accretive to Oracle’s earnings by at least 15 cents on a non-GAAP basis in the first full year after closing. We estimate that the acquired business will contribute over $1.5 billion to Oracle’s non-GAAP operating profit in the first year, increasing to over $2 billion in the second year. This would make the Sun acquisition more profitable in per share contribution in the first year than we had planned for the acquisitions of BEA, PeopleSoft and Siebel combined,” said Oracle President Safra Catz.

So long as IBM is not the one buying it. It’s good to see Oracle moving into open source though. Oracle hasn’t been that embracing to the open source community. Perhaps the acquisition would change things.

[via Ridzuan through MSN]

IBM doesn’t want to buy Sun Microsystems anymore

IBM doesn’t want to buy Sun Microsystems anymore. I think it’s a good move for IBM although it’s really bad for Sun Microsystems. IBM is the best suitor for Sun, considering it’s experience in monetizing on opensource projects. Sun can’t seem to earn much money out of it.

I.B.M. Withdraws $7 Billion Offer for Sun Microsystems

I.B.M. withdrew its $7 billion bid for Sun Microsystems on Sunday, one day after Sun’s board balked at a reduced offer, according to three people close to the talks.

The deal’s collapse after weeks of negotiations raises questions about Sun’s next step, since the I.B.M. offer was far above the value of the Silicon Valley company’s shares when news of the I.B.M. offer first surfaced last month. Sun, an innovative pioneer in computer workstations, servers and Internet-era software, has struggled in recent years and spent months trying to secure a suitor.

With I.B.M. and others shying away from a deal, a bruised Sun could be forced to continue pursuing a solo business model whose prospects have been questioned by many analysts.I.B.M. had a team of more than 100 lawyers conducting due-diligence research on potential problems in a purchase of Sun, ranging from those antitrust concerns to Sun’s contracts with employees and I.B.M. competitors.

After the legal review, I.B.M. shaved its offer Saturday from $9.55 a share, the proposal on the table late last week, to $9.40 a share, said one person familiar with the talks. The offer was presented to Sun’s board on Saturday, and the board balked. The Sun board did not reject the offer outright, but wanted certain guarantees that the I.B.M. side considered “onerous,” according to that person.

Sun then said it would no longer abide by its exclusive negotiating agreement with I.B.M., a second person familiar with the discussions said. On Sunday, I.B.M.’s board decided to withdraw the offer. (Source: New York Times)

I applaud IBM on not purchasing Sun Microsystems. It’s not worth USD7billion at all. Acquiring the company is like charity work.

IBM rumored to be buying Sun Microsystems at $6.5 billion

Bloomberg reports that IBM is interested in purchasing Sun Microsystems for $6.5 billion. This acquisition makes sense for IBM although I don’t think it’s worth paying that amount for this company. IBM offers numerous Java-based solutions I think. I don’t see much advantage for IBM in this merger.

IBM May Pay $6.5 Billion to Buy Sun Microsystems, WSJ Reports

International Business Machines Corp. is in talks to buy Sun Microsystems Inc., the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

IBM may pay at least $6.5 billion, 100 percent more than Sun’s closing price of $4.97 a share on Tuesday, the report said, citing the people. An agreement may not be reached, the newspaper said.

An acquisition of Sun Microsystems would bolster IBM’s Internet, data storage, government and telecommunications business, the newspaper said, citing the people.

In recent months, Sun Microsystems has contacted a number of technology companies with the aim of being acquired, people familiar with the matter said, according to the newspaper. Hewlett-Packard Co. declined the offer, the newspaper reported, citing a person briefed on the matter. (Source: Bloomberg)

Sun has too much open-source products and failed to really monetize much of their software. Perhaps IBM can do something about it.

MySQL founder leaves Sun due to dissatisfaction

MySQL founder leaves Sun. “The main reason for leaving was that I am not satisfied with the way the MySQL server has been developed,” Widenuis blogged. Sun acquired MySQL last year.

MySQL Founder Monty leaves Sun

Widenuis was livid about the way that the MySQL 5.1 release happened which he thought was incomplete and loaded with bugs. Sun countered that Widenuis was entitled to his opinion, but in their view MySQL 5.1 was a solid release.

“The main reason for leaving was that I am not satisfied with the way the MySQL server has been developed,” Widenuis blogged.

He added that he parted on good termes with Sun and he expects to continue to do business and work together with them. In parting Widenuis had kind words for Sun which in part were a faint echo of things he said last year during a keynote at OSCON.

“I still think that Sun was the best possible buyer for MySQL and I feel sad that things didn’t work out together. Sun has a lot of good things going on and I hope that they will continue their path to create and promote Open source. I will be available for Sun in helping them with their goals in the Open source space,” Widenuis wrote. (Source: InternetNews)

Java SE 6 Update 10 is out: it’s the new one

Okay, main news is that Java SE 6 Update 10 is out. I’ve been using Update 10 beta since a month ago. I got it simply to see the Java Swing menu fonts using ClearType and that’s all.

Let’s side track a little to look at how sucky a state Java download page is in.

Sun Microsystem probably has the worst marketing team. Java SE 6 Update 10 is now. Before update 10 was probably update 7. The numbers doesn’t seem to be incremental.

But that’s okay, that’s just Sun’s way of doing thing. The version after Java 1.4.2 is Java 5. Java can’t compute elementary math. Java Standard Edition 6 is also known as Java 1.6.

You go to their Java SE download page and you see:

  • Java SE Runtime Environment (JRE) 6 Update 10
  • Java SE Development Kit (JDK) 6 Update 10
  • JDK 6 Update 10 with Java EE
  • JDK 6 Update 10 with NetBeans 6.1
  • JRE 6 Update 7 for Intel Itanium®
  • JDK 6 Update 7 for Intel Itanium®
  • JDK DST Timezone Update Tool – 1.3.9
  • Java SE 6 Documentation
  • Java SE 6 JDK Source Code
  • and other friends like Java Cryptography Extension (JCE) Unlimited Strength Jurisdiction Policy

Usually you just need whatever’s that’s need at the top. New Java developers would no doubt get intimidated by the choices available. They should have separated the developer page from the rest of the Java site. And on the developer page, there really should just be 3 options:

  • Java Standard Edition 6
  • Java Enterprise Edition 6
  • others…

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Sun Microsystems swings to big quarterly loss

Sun Microsystems isn’t going to perform well this season. The first thing that comes to my mind about Sun is Java. (Darn they even rename their stock ticker to JAVA.) While Java as a language is still thriving the JAVA just got its outlook revised to negative by Fitch.

Sun Microsystems swings to big quarterly loss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Battered by competition and slowing demand, Sun Microsystems Inc. swung to a big loss in its fiscal first quarter, dragging the server and software maker’s results below Wall Street’s forecast.

Sun also plans to write down the value of its business, a sign of the company’s deteriorating competitive position and vulnerability to the economic meltdown. Shares fell more than 8 percent in after-hours trading.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company is scheduled to release its earnings Oct. 30, but it offered an early peek Monday. Sun said its loss will be between 25 cents and 35 cents per share for the three months ended Sept. 28. Excluding one-time charges, the falls between 2 cents and 12 cents per share. (Source: Associated Press)

And just hours ago, Forbes reported that Sun Microsystems’ co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim is leaving the company to concentrate on his startup, Arista Networks. But it’s not the first time Bechtolsheim left Sun. Back in 1995, Bechtolsheim left Sun for networking startup Granite Systems. Granite was acquired the following year by Cisco System and Bechtolsheim went with the group. Bechtolsheim then left Cisco for startup Kealia in 2003, which was acquired the following year by Sun, where Bechtolsheim was named chief architect and senior vice president for Sun’s systems group. (Source: Forbes)

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