the ramifications of IBM's potential acquisition of Sun Microsystems
in a Tectonic article.
"Clearly the market likes the idea of IBM snapping up Sun but would such a deal be good for open source and Linux? Its hard to say but there are many advantages in such a deal. For a start, despite its heritage as a hardware vendor, Suns future looks certain to lie in open source software, even though it is finding it incredibly hard to make that transition. Sun owns some very valuable software properties including Java, MySQL and VirtualBox, items that IBM could well monetise if it could get its hands on them. And in doing so it might well preserve and grow these properties.
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