Oracle recently updated their FAQ document on the acquisition of Sun Microsystems (JAVA on NASDAQ currently trading at $8.20 against a $9.50 purchase price by Oracle). There is a lot of encouraging news about OpenOffice, Glassfish, MySQL, Solaris and SPARC.

For the highlights, see this blog entry (he beat me to it) or read the entire FAQ.

As a Solaris fanatic, I'm very excited about their statements such as:
Oracle plans to spend more money developing Solaris than Sun does now. The industry leading capabilities of the Solaris operating system make it the leader in performance, scalability, reliability, and security ? all of which are core requirements for our customers. Oracle plans to enhance our investment in Solaris to push core technologies to the next level as quickly as possible.

We expect that our customers will see the management of their environments that run both Linux and Solaris simplified. Additionally, customers using both Solaris and Linux will be able to rely on one vendor, Oracle, for the support of their entire stack ? applications to disk.

Oracle and Sun?s management software are highly complementary. Oracle Enterprise Manager provides comprehensive solutions for managing the full Oracle stack including applications, middleware, database, Linux, and virtualization. Sun Ops Center provides a comprehensive solution for managing Sun servers and their firmware; Solaris, Linux and Windows operating systems; and virtualization technologies such as Solaris Containers and Logical Domains. Oracle Enterprise Manager and Sun Ops Center are expected to combine and deliver to customers the most complete top-down application and systems management environment from applications to hardware.

I know that my federal government customers will be excited to see that Oracle is behind Sun's open source strategy particularly in light of the recent DoD statement about open source.

This memo from the DoD Deputy CIO states:
In almost all cases, OSS meets the definition of ?commercial computer software?
and shall be given appropriate statutory preference in accordance with 10 USC 2377
(reference (b)) (see also FAR 2.101(b), 12.000, 12.101 (reference (c)); and DFARS
212.212, and 252.227-7014(a)(1) (reference (d))).

In addition, it notes that:
The use of any software without appropriate maintenance and support presents an
information assurance risk.

Which means that government users of open source products should pay for support to the appropriate vendor.

The memo also calls out a number of benefits of open source including rapid prototyping, lower costs, security, reliability and avoiding vendor lock-in.









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