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Why can't we be friends?

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2004/apr04/04-02SunAgreementPR.asp

What implications do you think this will have in the future of both platforms?.

Should I be concerned about this as a developer? or is just coorporate legal stuff that can be safely ignored?

I would love to hear more informed opinions. (More than mine, which is nonexistent =)

.NET Developer
Friday, April 02, 2004

This sounds like the Microsoft/Apple deal back in 1997. Microsoft props up Sun so that Microsoft can claim to have competition.

Semi-Anonymous Coward
Friday, April 02, 2004

Since I have a development within both the MS and Sun world I sure hope this will work out.  My opnion this is a good move for Sun. 
Windows on Sun Hardware?  Who would have thought...

Bill Rushmore
Friday, April 02, 2004

Scott McNealy is a lot like Bill Clinton.  He makes flowery speeches, praises the cause of whomever he addresses despite any contradictions, but ultimately and under a lot less media, does whatever the heck he thinks is best for his bankroll.

He told the OSD community that Sun was their best friend.  Luckily they didn't fall for that two step.

Sun has been bashing MS for years, yet MS has done more to help Sun's Java cashflow than any other company -- many Java compilers for Linux are open source.  Windows probably plays host to 40% of Java code running today, with just a hair running on Solaris and the rest on Linux.

However, Sun realizes that MS is a more profitable bed partner than OSD, and MS is more than happy to stop paying their legal team overtime.  So now the white flags go up, the soldiers go home, and the diplomats take credit for winning the war.

We'll continue to see the same duplicity from Sun.  "We love open souce but won't commit to it", and in the next sentence, "We hate MS but thank you for the check"

Does it affect developers?  Nah, the diplomats are in control now...

Conspiracy Anti-Theorist
Friday, April 02, 2004

This comes right after the European unbundling
judgment. Which company was it that made the
complaint to the EU? Sun. I guess MS are pretending
to be nice so Sun don't do any more stuff like that.
And I doubt Sun trusts MS - see example of Sybase,
Go, IBM etc.

  Agreements with MS are like Nazi non-agression pacts
- paraphrase of "High St@kes, No Prisoners"

Ali
Friday, April 02, 2004

"Friends
How many of us have them?
Friends
Ones we can depend on"

Whodini
Friday, April 02, 2004

>Windows probably plays host to 40% of Java >code running today, with just a hair running on >Solaris and the rest on Linux.

I would guess that number is much higher.  I would say 80% or more.  But I think that number might be right for the server side.

Bill Rushmore
Saturday, April 03, 2004

Java.NET or .NET2EE?

T. Norman
Saturday, April 03, 2004

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