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Sorry, but it's too late for IBM to do anything about it. Sun' and
Oracle's boards have approved the deal. All that is left is regulatory
and shareholder approvals. No one is expecting any problem with
shareholder approval.

midrange-nontech-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx wrote on 04/26/2009 01:00:05 PM:

----- Message from steelville <steelville@xxxxxxxxxxx> on Sun, 26
Apr 2009 11:04:21 -0400 -----


Non-Technical Discussion about the AS400 / iSeries <midrange-


Re: IBM "integrated"

Looks like Sun sent signals to IBM to please save them from assimilation

by Larry Ellison. I think the execs had pushback from employees who do
NOT want to work in a sweatshop.

I think IBM is stupid if they don't acquire them at a tad bit more than
Oracle is offering. Sun's negotiators might have even been playing both
sides for a better deal from IBM, which really would have been stupid.


john e wrote:

I forgot the subject line, sorry about that :)

From: jacobus1968@xxxxxxxxxxx
To: midrange-nontech@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2009 12:50:04 +0200


Oracle did not want to let IBM get its hands on Java and Solaris, and
felt it had to react to what looks more and more like a thorough
restructuring of the computer industry. Since the early 1990s the
industry has resembled a cake made of horizontal layers of
with each layer dominated by a few companies. Cisco, for instance,
provided most of the networking gear. Sun and HP sold servers. Oracle
was the leader in databases. IBM?s mainstay was services. SAP, a
giant, ruled in business software.


Then Charles Philips, Sun's co-president, took over and
said Oracle would be "engineering a true system," and might even
appliances that are geared for specific industries, complete with
application software, for customers, all pre-integrated, all ready to
Any of this sound familiar to you,
AS/400 Faithful?"

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