This week in the Oracle/Google trial: Week 2

One of the biggest trials in the recent history of the tech industry is in full swing, as Oracle (s orcl) and Google (s goog) debate whether or not Google improperly used technology from Oracle’s Java when developing Android. Here’s what happened during Week 2.

What’s Next, Now That The Sun-IBM Merger Is Off

Updated: Late last night, The New York Times reported that IBM’s (s ibm) rumored $7 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems (s JAVA) is off. The doubts about the deal were first reported by The Wall Street Journal. The Journal said that Sun’s board was divided on the wisdom of this deal.
A faction led by CEO Jonathan Schwartz wants to sell the company, while a rival band led by former CEO and Co-founder Scott McNealy doesn’t want to sell. IBM is offering between $9.10 and $9.40 a share, according to the WSJ report. The Times report said that IBM had initially offered $9.55 a share, but later shaved off the offer. Why? Read More about What’s Next, Now That The Sun-IBM Merger Is Off

Amazon Now Serving OpenSolaris on EC2

During our on-stage chat at Startup Camp, Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz hinted at some big news involving Amazon and its web services. Today, the company officially announced:

  • Sun’s OpenSolaris OS will be available on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) customers for free. It is in beta for now.
  • Sun will provide premium technical support for MySQL database running on Linux and Amazon EC2.

These developments are meant to address the needs and complaints of the developer community. OpenSolaris, which comes with tools such as ZFS and Dynamic Tracing (D-Trace), will be offered for free, in contrast to some Linux offerings that cost money. For instance, if you sign up for EC2 and pick RedHat, it costs $19. ZFS allows instant rollback and continual check-summing capabilities, something developers have found lacking in the EC2 platform. This OpenSolaris on Amazon EC2 beta is currently available by invitation only. Some software vendors, including GigaSpaces, Rightscale, Thoughtworks and Zmanda, are already offering their solutions via Amazon Machine.

From OStatic: As Sun Microsystems’ JavaOne conference kicks off this week, the company has announced its free new OpenSolaris open source operating system. It’s available for download . The big question with OpenSolaris is how it may compete against Linux rivals, especially since it is a fully supported operating system. OStatic, our open source blog, has the details.

It’s Dinnertime, Why Are You Still At Work?

I was ready to write off today because earlier I felt under the weather. Now, after lolling about in a daze and reading to my toddler, I’m feeling a bit better. The best part about lolling about was instead of focusing on news related to television delivered via WiMax, I was able to read the 18 pages in this week’s Economist devoted to how mobile communications are affecting our lives. It addresses just about anything you can think about, from architecture for nomadic workers to the unintended conversations you may have had with a stranger, who unbeknownst to you, was speaking on a Bluetooth headset. I suggest you read it.

For me, the most relevant article focused on constant connectivity and how that affects people’s personal and work life balance. The general consensus was that different people handle it different ways (although I like that Jonathan Schwartz, the CEO of Sun, insists on two hours of “rolling around time” with his sons in the evening before getting back to work.)

My worry is that with constant communication and a social norm tending toward multitasking with work, play and our family lives, that a whole chunk of the population gets discounted or disenfranchised. Read More about It’s Dinnertime, Why Are You Still At Work?

Sun Buys MySQL for $1B and Wall Street Mourns

Sun Microsystems said today it would pay $1 billion to buy privately held open-source database maker MySQL, a move that strengthens Sun’s ability to offer an alternative to proprietary software. The purchase, while smaller than the $8.5 billion Oracle-BEA deal that was also unveiled today, is notable because MySQL was a highly anticipated IPO candidate, and had long rebuffed suitors interested in buying it.
For other technology firms planning IPOs, the deal may be as welcome as a kick in the head. While 58 technology firms went public in the last 12 months, the market began to soften in the final quarter, with companies such as and Applied Precision pulling their plans for public offerings and only strong contenders, such as NetSuite, managing to make it out the door. Indeed, Peter Falvey, a managing director with tech investment bank Revolution Partners, says 2008 isn’t looking good for the tech IPO market. Read More about Sun Buys MySQL for $1B and Wall Street Mourns