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Doug's Mailbag: Thoughts on Oracle-Sun, More

Readers ponder the future of the Oracle-Sun deal, from where money will be invested to Oracle's approach to the cloud:

It's going to be interesting to see how all of this pans out. I wonder which products Oracle is going to maintain. I didn't get a chance to watch the press conference, but a buddy told me that they're going to increase R&D from $2 billion to $4 billion. That's never bad. We'll just have to wait and see where that money's funnelled.

Sun had been putting some serious coin into developing VirtualBox, trying to get it to a point that it will compete with tier 1 virtual hosts. Will Oracle allow funds to be directed there (to a losing battle, in my opinion)? This could be a good thing. I'm looking forward with cautious optimism.

So Oracle wants a cloud version of OpenOffice. So Larry doesn't think the cloud is a joke anymore?

In the spirit of last week's Hugo Chavez debacle, here's some more outrage (only this time, a little more tongue-in-cheek):

Oracle held a press conference "longer than a Joe Biden diatribe"? You must have your vice presidents confused. Surely you meant to say "an Al Gore diatribe." And how dare you compare a ruthless dictator like Joe Biden to Larry Ellison? The nerve of you!

But do you think that you will now be attacked by the Democrats or risk having a visit from the Secret Service by using Biden as an example? You really know how to live dangerously.

And Howard gives his vote for favorite defunct tech company, only this one is for all the wrong reasons:

Burroughs, because it was just so terrible. The equipment was terrible, the service was terrible, the pay was terrible, the customers hated us after they bought the equipment. But Burroughs did one thing right: They only hired very young, inexperienced sales guys who just kept smiling.

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Posted by Doug Barney on 02/01/2010 at 1:17 PM


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