• Oracle To Buy Sun For Approximately $7.4 Billion – Hold On To Your Hats

    Oracle Corporation is to buy Sun Microsystems for $9.50 a share in a deal valued at approximately $7.4 billion, just a few weeks after a deal by IBM to buy Sun fell apart. It looks like Oracle will pay a premium of $2.81 a share, or 42%, over Sun Micro’s closing price of $6.69 a share on Friday. Oracle said the deal is valued at $5.6 billion excluding cash and debt. Oracle is calling… Read More

  • Sun Ready To Renew Acquisition Talks With IBM, If They Promise To Walk The Walk

    Looks like Sun Microsystems is open to renewing acquisition talks with International Business Machines (IBM) if the latter makes a stronger commitment to actually closing the deal, according to Bloomberg sources. Earlier this month, discussions over a potential takeover broke down when IBM withdrew its earlier $7 billion bid to buy Sun. Discussions have stalled, still according to the sources… Read More

  • IBM not buying Sun or "Here doesn't come the sun"

    Oh noes! IBM withdrew its $7 billion bid to buy Sun Microsystems. The company has no other offers outstanding, which may mean that the well-known and well-loved Unix server supplier will have to go it alone in an uncertain economy. One interesting point, from NYT: The Sun board did not reject the offer outright, but wanted certain guarantees that the I.B.M. side considered… Read More

  • IBM could buy Sun

    IBM is in talks to buy Sun Microsystems for $7 billion. This would turn IBM into a one-stop shop when it comes to Unix server sales, a fairly lucrative niche in this cloud-happy world. Read More

  • Sun Microsystems Acquires Q-layer To Expand Cloud Computing Offerings

    Sun Microsystems is elevating its presence in the cloud with the acquisition of Belgium-based Q-layer, which is in the business of automation of cloud computing deployments. Q-layer will become part of Sun’s cloud computing unit. The official statement doesn’t provide much more details, and the terms of the agreement remain undisclosed ‘as the transaction is not material… Read More

  • The intersection of social media and the cloud

    The competition for the next wave of enterprise computing has heated up since Microsoft announced its Windows Azure strategy a month ago. While the jury is out in some quarters about Microsoft’s ability to actually deliver the reliability, security, and even the interoperability that is promised, the timetable has accelerated the plans of competitors and forced some to define themselves… Read More

  • Sun's Schwartz and his Failsafe moment

    Sun Microsystems is on the ropes. The New York Times says so, the hallway conversation starts and ends with “too bad”, and the wagons appear to be circling around, or rather, behind Jonathan Schwartz, leaving him outside the fort as the gates are closed. Much of this capitulation to a situation Sun has been in for some time could come from the lessons of this long struggle in… Read More

  • Sun Preps RIA Resurgence With New Java Release

    Sun is releasing a new version of client-side Java insipidly called SE 6 Update 10 that sets the groundwork for JavaFX, a major overhaul of the runtime environment set to debut before the year’s end and challenge other RIA platforms such as AIR, Silverlight, and Google Gears. Update 10 comes with two major consumer-facing improvements: a smaller footprint and enhanced speeds. Whereas… Read More

  • The Big Picture gets up close and personal with the Sun

    What geek doesn’t enjoy some great high-res astronomy pics? One of the best photography blogs out there, The Big Picture, has 21 stunning Sun photos up for your enjoyment. Dial-up users be warned; click the link and run to the store ’cause these massive pics are going to take some time to load. Read More

  • Salesforce Ditches Remainder of Sun Hardware

    Sun has used as a primary case study of Sun hardware and software powering the future Saas platforms. The early versions of the Salesforce website and application even included a ‘powered by Sun’ logo in the footer, as part of a tight relationship between the two companies. But recently we learnt, and the register is confirming today, that Salesforce has been phasing… Read More

  • NASA to send a probe to the Sun, what will it find?

    I wonder which job is tougher; blogging or designing “a heat-resistant spacecraft designed to plunge deep into the sun’s atmosphere where it can sample solar wind and magnetism first hand.” One the one hand, blogging makes your hands, fingers, and wrists hurt sometimes. On the other hand, nobody’s ever been anywhere near the sun before. It’s a toss up, for… Read More

  • Microsoft Stops Fighting Linux, And Tries To Give It A Big Bear Hug Instead

    Is Microsoft finally learning to love the penguin? After years of fighting Linux and denying its very usefulness, Microsoft has recently changed its tactics. It is trying to be more open, even if that’s an attempt to appease European regulators. And today, it is announcing the beta of new data center management tools that—gasp!—recognize that some companies might be… Read More

  • Greenplum Takes $27 Million Series C

    Database software provider Greenplum has taken $27 million Series C is a round led by Meritech Capital Partners that included Sun Microsystems and SAP Ventures. Greenplum leverages open source database software and incorporates a “shared-nothing architecture that employs parallel processing on commodity hardware.” Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz said that the investment… Read More

  • Exploring an old Sun Microsystems building

    In the heyday of “microcomputing” Sun was living giant. Their terminals were everywhere and their graphics machines were state of the art. Look how far the mighty have fallen. This travelog of pictures from inside an old Sun headquarters where the ghosts of Solaris prompts come and gone still haunt the halls. Bonus: It looks like someone was killed in the building. Photo Tour via BB Read More

  • Johannes Kepler $100k Astronomer's Wristwatch

    Came across this unique watch on BoingBoing. Only 99 of these watches were made and are named after 17th century astronomer Johannes Kepler. He’s the dude who came up with the formulas for the Laws of Planetary Motion. Big stuff. Johannes’ timepiece doesn’t come cheap though. It’s more than $100,000 per watch, but the design is magnificent. Check out how the watch… Read More

  • Sorry, No ZFS In Mac OS X Leopard

    I have some crushing news for you: ZFS will not be the default file system in Mac OS X Leopard. That’s as of today, June 12, 2007, at least. A senior marketing fellow for Leopard said, unequivocally, that “ZFS is not happening,” which flies in the face of what Sun said last week. Leopard is on track to use the HFS+ file system, dontcha know? The real test will be when… Read More

  • Leopard Will Use ZFS File System: Sun

    Sun opened its big, fat mouth today and announced that Apple’s upcoming Mac OS X Leopard will use its ZFS file system as its default. (Macs currently use HFS+ with journaling enabled as the default file system.) A full list of ZFS’ advantages can be found on Sun’s site, but this one caught my eye while quickly glancing over it: All operations are copy-on-write transactions… Read More

  • Sun Responds to AJAX, Silverlight with JavaFX

    Reports at Infoworld and CNet News that Sun will roll out a Java-based product family called JavaFX at the Java One Conference in San Francisco today. The announcement follows the recent well received launch of Microsoft’s Silverlight, and as an offering will compete directly against AJAX as well. JavaFX is said to be a new scripting variant of Java with a focus on development for… Read More

  • Freeloader Steals Energy From The Sun

    Saying that the Freeloader is a “pocket-sized” device is a bit of an overstatement, but it could certainly fit in a purse or backpack quite nicely. Freeloader basically leeches energy from the sun and converts it into juice for your iPod, cellphone, or electronic gadget of your choice. It comes with multiple hookups for all of your devices and can charge via USB should you be out on… Read More