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Why Apple should merge with Sun Why Apple should merge with Sun

With Scott McNealy’s career ignominiously ending with a whimper, and Jonathan Schwartz offering more of the same, its ironic that the company that coined the term “the network is the computer” continues on its 5-year long controlled crash.

As Ray Ozzie, MS’s new geek-in-chief basically conceded in his “Internet Services Disruption” memo last October, “computing and communications technologies have dramatically and progressively improved to enable the viability of a services-based model”.

And its not just talk. Steven Ballmer just announced that Microsoft will increase MSN’s research budget by 57% to 1.1b to go head-to-head with Google, with “software delivered as a service as its top priority.”

Yep. The Network is the Computer Indeed! It just doesn’t run Solaris on expensive Sun hardware, but on Linux-based commodity PCs.

As more and more companies convert to Linux for mission-critical services (with Internet 2.0 darlings like Google and Amazon leading the charge), Sun’s fortunes are only bound to get worse. One glance at Netcraft’s latest web server survey is telling - Sun only runs 2.36 % of websites, with Linux at 62.72% and MS at 25.22%.

And yes, that 25.22% is inflated. Last month, the survey pegged MS at 20.51%. It only spiked when MS paid parked-domain provider GoDaddy to switch to Windows 2003. You know Microsoft is desperate when its reduced to “bribing” domain-parking giants to artificially spike their numbers.

Regardless, Linux has arrived and is here to stay, FUD or otherwise. And stay right there in the datacenter, not at your desktop.

The desktop market is simply Window’s domain. Despite the viruses, the swiss cheese security model and all its flaws, Windows is deeply entrenched.

Us Mac fanboys can shout ourselves hoarse (as we often do), and we can argue with Windows fans until we’re both blue in the face. In the end, both camps will just convince each other of how right they are. When they say that Macs and Windows fans go at it with “religious fervor”, its ironic how the metaphor is sadly appropriate.
javester on 05-09-2006, 03:04 PM
Well, whaddya know, Apple and Sun almost merged three times before. Perhaps, with McNealy out of the way and Sun's stock down in the dumps, the fourth time is the charm.

Except this time around, Apple will be the acquiring party and MS is in a really vulnerable position.

Last edited by mtcadmin : 05-10-2006 at 10:38 AM.
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dyanismith on 05-11-2006, 06:37 AM

I wholeheartedly agree!!! This will just change the game completely. And not only that, Apple/Sun will now have a true end-to-end solution for IT, spanning from the desktop to the server and the systems that run it.

As Walt Mossberg stated in his recent column, "end-to-end" seems to be the way to go in the Post-PC era.

It will just catapult Apple right smack dab in the middle of corporate boardroom.

The key thing is the two companies should remain largely independent subsidiaries as javester suggests. Solaris will keep its OS and hardware and position it solely for the datacenter, the same way Apple should keep OS X and its hardware largely untouched.

The two should just collaborate on creating a transparent, SOA-based interface (remember Network is the Computer?), strengthen Java on OS X even further, and perhaps, jazz up OpenOffice/StarOffice a bit.

And to top it off, the coup-de-grace would be to finally open-source Java. It would just make it unstoppable.

What about the Java licensing revenue? So what, it could be just another loss leader for all the fancy-schmancy Apple/Sun hardware that has the best Java environment.

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