Oracle buys Java
I heard the news while driving home Monday night... This is really very good news for Java.
The earlier acquisition talks of Sun by IBM would have provided significant resources, but let's face it... IBM began as a hardware company (as did Sun). Oracle is and always has been a software company, and a very effective one.
With Sun, Oracle acquires a great Operating System (Solaris) and it assumes the stewardship of Java. I'm very optimistic that Oracle's going to know exactly what to do with these software assets... something that hardware companies never do seem to get quite right.
I think that Cay Horstmann's pronouncements are fairly reasonable... but we have to also keep in mind the larger context - Oracle acquires lots of companies, and in many respects Sun is just one more.
Oracle will keep the things that increase software revenue, and they will keep the things that build and maintain professional developer loyalty - I've been to many Oracle developer events, and they always go all out to make professional developers feel appreciated.
Oracle's biggest challenge is to make sense of all of its acquisitions... particularly BEA and Sun.
I have to agree with earlier posters that Solaris is the one thing that will absolutely make the cut - A great Operating System is the only thing that Oracle did not have (apologies to Linux fans, but it's just not the same).
I'm not sure about the revenue potential from Solaris, but think of the marketing message: Oracle has it all.
I maintain my pronouncement that this is a good thing for Java in the long run... All these questions between really Open and sort of Open are out in the Open.
No bucks, no Buck Rogers - Projects like Glassfish and Netbeans can't be great unless somebody is underwriting the huge cost of making and keeping them great.
Sun was wonderful for providing that underwriting, but it's doubtful if they could have continued. Alternate funding would have been necessary... Oracle's actions just make us think about that sooner.