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What an IBM-Sun Merger Might Mean For Java, MySQL, Developers

timothy posted about 5 years ago | from the get-our-your-auguring-tools dept.

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An IBM-Sun merger is a tantalyzing possibility; snydeq writes "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister suggests that an IBM/Sun merger could crown Big Blue king of enterprise software development. 'Acquiring Sun would make IBM the clear leader in Java, as it would become the caretaker of the open source reference implementation of the JRE,' which, along with GlassFish, would become entry-level gateways to IBM's WebSphere stack. Moreover, MySQL would give IBM's database division a significant entry-level hook, and NetBeans/Eclipse would unify IBM's front against Visual Studio. 'All in all, this move would solidify IBM's role as "the developer company,"' McAllister writes. 'In other words, if this merger goes through and you're an enterprise developer and you're not an IBM customer now, get ready — because you soon will be. Better bring your wallet.'" And blackbearnh writes with a short interview with Brian Aker (who came to Sun as MySQL's director of architecture, and is now the lead for MySQL fork Drizzle) about what life would be like under Big Blue's control.

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What an IBM-Sun Merger Might Mean (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27346599)


Re:What an IBM-Sun Merger Might Mean (1)

teknopurge (199509) | about 5 years ago | (#27347153)

At first I lulz'd, then I wept.

Schwartz please, for the love of god, don't let this happen.

Re:What an IBM-Sun Merger Might Mean (5, Funny)

Profane MuthaFucka (574406) | about 5 years ago | (#27347827)

Let this be a lesson to all you companies out there that are not IBM. Stop being not IBM. IBM will not tolerate any companies that are not IBM, so if you value your shareholder value, stop being not IBM. Any companies that persist in being not IBM will eventually be forced by IBM to stop being not IBM.

I repeat, if you are not IBM, then you must stop being not IBM immediately, or else.

Re:What an IBM-Sun Merger Might Mean (1)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | about 5 years ago | (#27347857)

He, unfortunately, almost has to let it happen as it'll probably be the best thing he's capable of doing aside from maybe getting a haircut.

Re:What an IBM-Sun Merger Might Mean (0)

Z00L00K (682162) | about 5 years ago | (#27347357)

It's just natural selection at work, companies grows bigger and bigger and devour all competition and suddenly they are big enough to collapse and the cycle starts over again.

And I for one can just consider that Visual Studio sucks compared to Eclipse when it comes to how user-friendly the tool is.

Re:What an IBM-Sun Merger Might Mean (3, Funny)

Hurricane78 (562437) | about 5 years ago | (#27347593)

Oh my... And I thought Eclipse would suck very hard. How horrible is Visual Studio then?
Like developing for the IE... by using MS Word for layouting... with a large portion of Radeon driver quality... on a Windows ME / VMS mutant... running on a retro Edsel in-car original Pentium/VAX hybrid?

Re:What an IBM-Sun Merger Might Mean (1, Funny)

harry666t (1062422) | about 5 years ago | (#27347747)

> Visual Studio sucks

Oh gods, I've used NetBeans, Eclipse, Dev-Cpp, KDevelop, MonoDevelop, and a couple of smaller IDEs. I've broken a few keyboards while using Emacs, and I've even tried Vim. I've also tried a shitload of small console-based editors such as nano, joe, jed, vi, and even ed. And I'd say, when it comes to editing source code, I think only ed sucks more than Visual Studio.

News Flash: VS sucks for Java development (1)

ClosedSource (238333) | about 5 years ago | (#27347773)

"And I for one can just consider that Visual Studio sucks compared to Eclipse when it comes to how user-friendly the tool is."

I feel sorry for the hoards of Java developers that have been using Visual Studio all these years when they could have been using Eclipse.

Re:What an IBM-Sun Merger Might Mean (1)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | about 5 years ago | (#27347887)

Eclipse's UI isn't that bad but it's performance is rubbish. My only fear is that some how NetBeans will get killed in such a move despite being superior to Eclipse.

It's just natural selection at work, (1)

falconwolf (725481) | about 5 years ago | (#27348019)

companies grows bigger and bigger and devour all competition and suddenly they are big enough to collapse and the cycle starts over again.

Unless you're a financial services business, a bank or something. Then you're allowed to get so big failure is not an option.

And I for one can just consider that Visual Studio sucks compared to Eclipse when it comes to how user-friendly the tool is.

I haven't seen Visual Studio but Eclipse Rocks.


Re:What an IBM-Sun Merger Might Mean (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27347437)

Right. Like the so-called "Schopenhauer's Law of Entropy", to wit:

If you put a spoonful of wine in a barrel of sewage, you have sewage.
If you put a spoonful of sewage in a barrel of wine, you have sewage.

Re:What an IBM-Sun Merger Might Mean (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27348221)

Hopefully the end to shitty platforms.

Can't imagine (sorry) (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27346621)

The company culture between Sun and IBM are too different for a successful merger. The trend that anything big blue acquires seem to die a slow and agonizing death isn't helping either.

Re:Can't imagine (sorry) (2, Insightful)

CannonballHead (842625) | about 5 years ago | (#27346711)

The trend that anything big blue acquires seem to die a slow and agonizing death isn't helping either. [citation needed]

I haven't heard about the trend lately. IBM seems to be doing generally pretty well.

Re:Can't imagine (sorry) (1)

davecb (6526) | about 5 years ago | (#27347051)

Sequent: it was painful enough NASDAQ publicly ported to Sun.


Re:Can't imagine (sorry) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27348099)

Sequent: it was painful enough
NASDAQ publicly ported to Sun.

Kind of a feeble trend if your only example is almost 10 years old.

Re:Can't imagine (sorry) (4, Insightful)

Neil Watson (60859) | about 5 years ago | (#27346909)

The transition to Notes alone is likely to send Sun talent running for the hills.

Re:Can't imagine (sorry) (4, Funny)

AliasMarlowe (1042386) | about 5 years ago | (#27348189)

The transition to Notes alone is likely to send Sun talent running for the hills.

They're dedicated professionals and they'll adapt to Notes and other aspects of IBM culture in a professional way: by curling into fetal position under a desk in the corner of the office and whimpering pathetically.

sir. (1, Interesting)

unity100 (970058) | about 5 years ago | (#27346943)

if mysql dies a slow painful death, it would die alongside ibm's reputation and credibility amongst the i.t. community. especially web developers.

i dont need to remind you that how big a momentum does the new 'online communities' concept that are built on mysql has nowadays, and the domineering place they are gaining in our online social interaction.

internet is future, 'the people' online are its embodiment, and web developers are their servicemen.

Re:sir. (1)

rackserverdeals (1503561) | about 5 years ago | (#27347261)

i dont need to remind you that how big a momentum does the new 'online communities' concept that are built on mysql has nowadays, and the domineering place they are gaining in our online social interaction.

You say that as if it means something. IBM doesn't make money from people sending tweets or whatever the next thing will be.

Managers at the receiving co. don't give up power. (1)

Futurepower(R) (558542) | about 5 years ago | (#27347745)

"The company culture between Sun and IBM are too different for a successful merger."

That seems correct to me. The managers at the receiving company don't want to lose power, or learn something new, so they kill or neglect the products they've bought.

Why does there need to be an even larger computer company? That idea sounds like Sanford Weill and Citibank. Will IBM-Sun also become too large to fail, and require money from U.S. taxpayers?

Often when these merger deals are made, huge amounts of money are put in the pockets of top executives, and that's the underlying reason for the merger.

Obama Policies Will Bankrupt USA Tsarkon Reports (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27346627)

Obama Policies Will Bankrupt USA Tsarkon Reports

Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, whose country currently holds the EU presidency, told the European Parliament that President Barack Obama's massive stimulus package and banking bailout "will undermine the stability of the global financial market." Calls Us policy a "way to hell"

Yuan Forwards Show China May Buy Fewer Treasuries, UBS Says [bloomberg.com]
Anemic Treasury auction effects felt beyond bonds [reuters.com]
The Sherminator Kicks Some Wall Street Ass [dailybail.com]

China Angry That Fed Is Deliberately Destroying The Dollar [bloomberg.com]

China suggests switch from dollar as reserve currency [bbc.co.uk]

What are the reserve currencies? [wsj.net]

Anatomy of a taxpayer giveaway to investors [ml-implode.com]

Geithner rescue package 'robbery of the American people' [telegraph.co.uk]

Geithner just put only the rich in Titanics lifeboats [examiner.com]

Geithner Plan Will Rob US Taxpayers [cnbc.com]

A False Choice [viewfromsi...valley.com]

Bargain-hunting house buyers wearing on sellers ajc.com [ajc.com]

Time to Take the Steering Wheel out of Geithner's Hands [alternet.org]

Socialising and Privatising [freeradical.co.nz]

Fannie, Freddie to pay out bonuses [politico.com]

Fitch Raises Prime Jumbo Loan Loss Estimates Sharply [researchrecap.com]

Chinas central bank on Monday proposed replacing the US dollar as the international reserve currency with a new global system controlled by the International Monetary Fund [ft.com]

- Russia too: It is necessary to work out and adopt internationally recognized standards for macroeconomic and budget policy, which are binding for the leading world economies, including the countries issuing reserve currencies - the Kremlin proposals read. [en.rian.ru]

- President Barak "The Teleprompter" Obama is deeply connected to corruption, Rahm Emanuel (Radical authoritarian Statist whose father was part of the Murderous Civilian Killing Israeli Terrorist Organization known as IRGUN), Connected to Rod Blagojevich (Rahm inherited Rod's federal-congress seat), Connected to Ayers, a man who promotes the concept that civilian collateral damage is ok in a war against freedom, Preacher Jeremiah Wright, who is himself a black-elitist who wants all the people who largely "pay the freight" to suffer, 31 million on food stamps, more blacks are in prison and on food-stamps per capita than anyone else. The problem with Wright is simply this: the facts are "racist."
- Obama: Racist, AIPAC-bootlicker, Corrupted to the bone Chicago style and a Traitor to the US Constitution and a Liar whose real "legal" name could very well be Barry Sotero and an Indonesian citizen (The US does not allow plural citizenship) (If you care, not that it matters anymore under a Lawless Authoritarian Totalitarian Regime, you can see more here at an aggregator; obamacrimes.info [obamacrimes.info] )
  - Raytheon lobbyist in Pentagon, lots lobbyists getting exemptions even though he promised not to have them.
- Goldman Sachs insider second in command at Treasury. Bumbling tax cheat idiot in "command" of Treasury with 17 positions unfilled as of late March 2009.
- Cabinet has had several nominees and appointees with multiple tax fraud issues.
- Lied about having a new degree of accountability and a SUNSHINE period of new laws, he has signed bills with little or no review at whitehouse.gov as promised.
- Appointed a second amendment violating Rich-pardoning treasonist Eric Holder as AG, the top cop of the USA, a man who helped a fugitive evade justice.
- Has not put a dime in for a single new nuclear power plant but wants to help bridges and roads to promote more driving.
- Obama, Blagojevich and Rahm Emanuel have a LOT to hide. They literally lived next to each other, Rahm had (until being Chairman Obama's Chief of staff) Blagojevich's old federal congressional seat. Blagojevich helped Chairman "The Teleprompter" Obama cheat his way to the Illinois senate by getting other candidates thrown off the ballot in Illinois. Why do you think Blagojevich was so mad? Obama DID owe him, big time. Rahm and Obama are using Blagojevich and trying to cut his head off to keep him away.
- Tony Rezko, Iraqi Arms Dealer Nahdmi Auchi, and of course Aiham Alsammarae. Chairman "The Teleprompter" Hussein Obama is so corrupted its a joke.
- Fools and "useful idiots" twist the pie charts by leaving welfare, workfare, interest on debt, social security, Medicare and Medicaid out and focusing only on non-whole "discretionary" pie charts.
2007 high level pie chart, Federal Budget, USA [wikimedia.org]
2009 Pie chart, detailed, Federal Budget, USA [wikimedia.org]
- Chairman Obama is drastically increasing spending and creating more entitlements that will make the US less competitive (especially against China, India, East Europe/Russia). This will be a huge disaster and change you can believe in will strap you and your grandkids with more debt. No taxation without representation? Obama is spending money for the next two-three generations and they can't even vote yet, or even have been born.
- An alternative to the dollar and a forex and a reserve currency came up at the last G20 meeting. The world will not take faith in Obama's liar-socialist spending and welfare state, why should the taxpayers (plebian citizen-slaves of a police state).
- The spending going on now vastly eclipses all previous spending. In fact, the massive trillion plus debts is a thing of the 80's onwards. Congress signs the checks, remember that Year after year, as egregious as the pentagon spending is, that the social spending is completely a waste of money and it is unfunded over the long term. Eisenhower built the interstates, the US could build a new power infrastructure with this money but instead is being pissed into creating more of an entitlement system that is STILL unfunded, and without massive poll-taxes and far more aggressive progressive taxes, could NEVER be funded.
- The budgeting being done today were recently reported by a non-partisan auditing commission will lead to about 10 TRILLION in new debt over the next 10 years. Obama is going to double the national debt while doing nothing to address the unfunded debt obligations of Social Security.
- Clinton appointed David Walker of the GAO, he quit, the unfunded debt obligations have rendered the USA insolvent according to accounting standards.
Taxpayers on the hook for $59 trillion [usatoday.com]
US Public Debt Unfunded Debt Obligations [wikipedia.org]
- Most of the world population gets NOTHING from their governments, or a very bare minimum or services that benefit only the upper echelons of society. However, the liar Chairman Obama says we need his universal "state-hospital" rationed health care to be competitive. Bull. China and India give nothing, and they are the biggest threat to the American worker. By forcing healthcare and higher taxes, Americans will be less competitive.
- If you think 60% tax rates end to end (income, accounts receivable tax, building permit tax, CDL tax, cigarette tax, corporate income tax, dog license tax, federal income tax, unemployment tax, gasoline tax, hunting license tax, fishing license tax, waterfowl stamp tax, inheritance tax, inventory tax, liquor tax, luxury tax, Medicare tax, city, school and county property tax (up 33 percent last 4 years), real estate tax, social security tax, road usage tax, toll road tax, state and city sales tax, recreational vehicle tax, excise tax, state franchise tax, state unemployment tax, telephone federal excise tax, telephone federal state and local surcharge tax, telephone minimum usage surcharge tax, telephone state and local tax, utility tax, vehicle license registration tax, capital gains tax, lease severance tax, oil and gas assessment tax, misc internet sales tax and many more taxes that I can't recall at the moment) will make the US competitive, along with compulsory programs to provide everyone with health care is going to make the US competitive in the age of India and China, you are a joke.
- As the US nationalizes (read: rations healthcare) to the least common denominator of affordability without regard to efficacy, people with money will simply look into medical tourism so those with money can go to medical parks in India and get real health care. Those who have lived in Canada or in the UK can tell you "free" healthcare is NOT a panacea. If you think this, you are again, a useful idiot. The NHS in the UK has given bad blood and Hepatitis and AIDS blood to people, and Jade Goody who just died was misdiagnosed twice resulting in her death (She was all cleared twice of cervical cancer which she just died of). The NHS in the UK is not able to be sued or held accountable. Neither will Chairman Obama's rationed health care service for America.
- Sorry to bust the socialist bubble-lie, but support of these types of policies will simply lower the standard of living in the USA, particularly for the middle class. At least at the end of the Eisenhower projects the USA got roads to show for the spending, and with this new spending, the USA could have built power plants that get the USA out of the middle east, but the age of government for the sake of government is upon us, and the useful idiots line up and believe empty promises.
The pentagon (and Bechtel, Kroll, Bluewater, Halliburton, etc) could get less than half of what they get today, but that will fix nothing fundamental in terms of government spending. It is simply not enough to make a difference when compared to the Medicare, Medicaid, welfare, workfare and social security entitlements.
See: YouTube - US Government Immorality Will Lead to Bankruptcy [youtube.com]
- If Obama thinks its ok to lie to 300 million people about being able to "take care of them" without even being honest about what that care would look like, then being an idiot and believing in Obama is for you.
- The head of the IRS and the head of the Treasury, Geithner, is a Tax Cheat
- Lied about no lobbyists - their numbers are growing.
- The US Government already have over 50% of the budget on Medicare, Medicaid, welfare, workfare and social security. Socialists: Good job on that one, its working great. Solution to the current near-collapse-due-to-over-spending: add more unfunded entitlements!
- You Socialist-liars can break my spirit and my financial back to force me to "need" a federal government that is turning this country into a police state and turn it into a quasi-socialist lie, but I will, I must put up a fight. I have kids to educate and feed, and the stuff you sell (which is failing to various degrees everywhere else as implemented) is simply forcing a culture of failure on a once great, libertarian free country.
- I will not be complacent with your "change," and there will be a point where civil war will become an option. See how hard you can push before you get it. How much more than half can the truly productive workers in this country afford to pay. Keep pushing to find out how to start a civil war.
- The socialist-lie of a plan will not work, its not fundable, it WILL destroy the currency to fund it, and its really as simple as this: if this insanity is funded by borrowing from the US's economic and military adversaries then Obama and his socialist cabal is NOT fit to administrate society. Rome fell. Kings who mis-manged their treasuries all fell. Every example of unhinged spending leads to the same result: systemic collapse.
- Obama and his sycophantic lunatics would want to have a civil war to get Chairman Obama's way and force the socialist-lie system on my already tax paying law abiding ass. And as far as "no new taxes" for those under 250k, its a lie, the tax is called inflation, which is set to begin just about now that the Chinese wont want the USA's worthless treasuries to fund the socialist-lie fantasy (one that COMMUNIST China doesn't even try and sell to its people!)
- Chairman Obama's numbers don't add up. There is a $59 trillion dollar hole (UFDO) in social security alone. AIG $150 billion here, TARP $350 billion there. $800 billion for a highly dubious stimulus package. Another one on the way. $59 trillion hole in the balance sheet IGNORED. China saying they aren't going to buy treasuries, Clinton clamoring to find buyers now. $3.6 trillion dollar budget, potential military action on Mexico, Iran still a "terrorist state" at the behest of the AIPAC, spending up, dollar about to fall, inflation over time since Breton Woods extremely easy to document, yet, the socialist-liars question when the numbers (the Federal Government numbers) simply don't add up to the point where if the US-GOV was a company it would be insolvent.
  -How dare the taxpayers question what Chairman Obama's drastic spending increases are going to do to the purchasing power of our savings because Chairman Obama wants to recklessly spend and try to maintain and American empire AND guarantee a standard of living, and Chairman Obama doesn't even want to build a single nuclear power plant to do it? Chairman Obama must be a complete and total lunatic moron.
- Obama is either a negligent idiot or an unhinged maniac with delusional fantasies. Meanwhile, Chainman Obama's tax dodging Treasury Secretary has 17 unfilled positions, the Treasury Dept. isn't even functioning at this point.
- "General welfare" in the constitution was, according to the man who wrote it, Madison, meant to be extremely limited in scope. The federal government per the constitution doesn't even have the enumerated POWER to deal with economic messes. A lot of these "POWERS" were created while there is a crisis to dupe the public into accepting an un-constitutional authoritarian regime as the government and to usurp authority over the people.
- The USA is a constitutional republic. A democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting to eat a sheep. Also a constitutional republic isn't about using a barely-majority or a plurality to stuff your (un-fundable disastrous) crap down the disenfranchised other-half's throat.
- With Obama's authoritarian corrupted criminal (aiding and abetting a criminal in flight of prosecution, Rich case) Eric Holder in charge, we won't have our inalienable and enumerated rights to firearms much longer. For a constitutional law expert, Obama must have never read the federalist papers or he would simply hand himself as a traitor.
- The arbitrary expansion of "general welfare" is not only unconstitutional, it may very well lead to a serious conflict on the issue.
- Here is a debate on general welfare and how stuff like this came to pass, but was clearly no intended by the authors of the document of root law.
In Federalist No. 41, James Madison asked rhetorically: "For what purpose could the enumeration of particular powers be inserted, if these and all others were meant to be included in the preceding general power?" (In reference to the general welfare clause)
So strongly did the founders believe that "general welfare" wouldn't be expanded as written:
In Federalist No. 84, Alexander Hamilton indirectly confirmed Madison's point. (That the "general welfare" clause was "clearly" nota free pass for government)
Hamilton argued that a bill of rights, which many were clamoring for, would be not only unnecessary, but dangerous. Since the federal government was given only a few specific powers, there was no need to add prohibitions: it was implicitly prohibited by the listed powers. If a proposed law a relief act, for instance wasn't covered by any of these powers, it was unconstitutional.
"why declare that things shall not be done which there is no power to do? Why, for instance, should it be said, that the liberty of the press shall not be restrained when no power is given by which restrictions may be imposed?"
Hamilton goes on to argue that making Amendments (e.g., enumerating Free speech, press and assembly) and enumerating the 'right' would have the following effect:
(A bill of rights) "would furnish, to men disposed to usurp, a plausible pretence for claiming that power that is, a power to regulate the press, short of actually shutting it down. "
"With respect to the words 'general welfare,' I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers (enumerated in the Constitution) connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators." --James Madison [The US Supreme Court has found the meaning of "general welfare" in the Constitution to be much more elastic than did Mr. Madison. But as the "author of the Constitution," what does he know?]
James Madison, when asked if the "general welfare" clause was a grant of power, replied in 1792, in a letter to Henry Lee,

If not only the means but the objects are unlimited, the parchment [the Constitution] should be thrown into the fire at once.

"...We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it...it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government , and to provide new Guards for their future security. ...--The Declaration of Independence
- Wrong, monetizing failures causes more. Japan showed us this for decades. But hey, Chairman Obama thinks you can fix a problem DECADES in the making with a quick fixer-upper, he is screwed in the head.
- The complaints are with the Federal government (in general) since Breton Woods. The Federal Government and Obama's minions STILL didn't listen to David Walker, a Clinton appointee and former head of the GAO. This isn't about political parties anymore morons!
- Show me a single federal budget that was less than the previous. If this $3.6T budget goes, its never coming back barring systemic collapse.
- The United States Federal Government, The United States Federal Reserve, and the banks which were enabled to continue down reckless paths by a quasi government agency known as the Federal Reserve whose actions are not subject to congress and whose members are unelected. This situation is untenable and unconstitutional.
- Every inflationary road taken in history ends in collapse. Keynesian policies are widely regarded as no longer workable.
- Inflation is a tax: What ignorant tax and spenders don't take into account here is the relative percentages of people's wealth (both net and gross) and the costs of owning and maintaining houses, cars, standards of living.
- Inflation via deficit spending is going to make it such that you will be paying a lot more by percentage of your income to maintain a given standard of living. Obama's arguments are so poorly thought out and seek to blame "Republicans" for the mess, its really simply laughable - the needs cleanup now, not worsening.
- You can't spend your way out of a hole if the creditors (e.g. China) start telling the USA they won't buy. It is that simple. Now America starts to have to collateralize the debt with assets. The USA will be selling off chunks of American assets to back the new debt. One day, it may even be necessary to sell Alaska back to Russia because no one will take greenbacks to prop up a failing version of a modern Rome.
- Ah, here we go with the Matthew Lesko arguments. [lesko.com]
Interest rates were on the rise before the government stepped in with free money for everyone (the fine print of course indicate massive strings attached).
Other economies, for example, India, have the central rates set to far more reasonable/realistic rates (at the moment ~ 8+%), which is still tends to be too low, but shows that if you need someone else capital you need to pay a premium for it, and given that capital is in short supply, it would stand to reason that a premium must be charged for it.
The problem is the unrealistic growth rates of mature economies don't allow for profiting via growth projections (rather than simply earning money). So the government steps in, turns on the free money spigot, gets the interest rates for savings down in the 1-2% range while diluting the value of the whole currency in order to prop up dying companies that ran the business like a Madhoff Ponzi scheme.
- The Republicans aren't solely responsible for the crisis as Obama's minions would have you believe, congress is (no particular congress), the Executive of the US government (no particular one) and the US Federal Reserve System are all at fault.
- Fundamentally, the government is trying to fix the prices of various things to "make it all work." This pulling on the invisible hand is a fools venture. It was predicted long ago the housing collapse (and those, such as myself, in the know, wished while realizing the housing collapse coming that we were wrong for everyone's sake - but the truth is the truth) . It may be that the Austrian (von Mises) economists will ultimately be proven right.
- We are a nation of partially educated whiney grabby idiots, and we got the government that represents this. The Chinese, India and other up and coming nations will show no mercy for this arrogant abuse of our status as the world's forex reserves.
- War and asset sales will continue to be the only option for this scheme until it is corrected at the core. And to say that the government has already averted a depression by doing what they did (most of the monies injected wont be "felt" for some time), is just arrogance and stupidity. Price fixing prolonged the Great Depression. Price-fixing (or attempting to) houses will do the same, but probably worse.
- Obama's minions simply don't care if the US is bankrupted and rendered insolvent, they just want a say in how its done, presumably to "feel safe." Rather selfish.

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." AND "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." -- Benjamin Franklin (Possibly Richard Jackson)

- Everyone better realize that inflation will pay a major role in funding un-fundable fantasies, wiping the savers and the middle class out. The problem is, that other countries are growing tired of making our Federal Reserve notes worth something by buying our debt as treasuries. Obama's minions talk about spending, but in order to "get what YOU want" you will sell debt to potential economic and military adversaries? Real bright. What's really sad is that despite David Walker being an authority on these issues, people refuse to even watch him and listen to what he is saying.
- On the success of Canada and its form of Socialism: A huge country like Canada with massive amounts of uranium and tar sands and natural resources and a huge land mass with a scant 30 million people is an order of magnitude less of a problem to manage than a country with 10x its population, a serious leaky southern border, backfiring aggressive foreign policy, particularly with Iran, and the US is competing with countries like India and China whose middle classes are larger than the US's entire population. The top 5 students in every Indian and Chinese primary school out numbers all the kids in primary school in the US. Canada is a idyllic island, the USA is front and center in an all out economic and political clash of ideologies.
- Cap and trade (and pollution control for solving global problems) will never work unless the top 10 countries in the world (in terms of both GDP and manufacturing capacity and population) are on board. Period end. If the world doesn't quickly move to nuclear now and fusion shortly, it is OVER possibly not if every home on the planet gets a wind vane, but that seems unlikely to happen (since its possible now).
- Keynes calls it "the paradox of thrift" and suggested that policies forcing people not to save is a "good idea." The guy wanted people spending all the time, or if he didn't, he never conveyed that to his protégés well enough for them to not do what they are doing. Right now the plebeians in the US are actually stashing cash, and everyone from Obama to the media is trying to get people to spend spend spend. The best thing for the long term is for people to prepare for the coming hell, not set out with no reserves.
- I have seen Keynes invoked to justify nearly every bad move in the past decade, and its warming up to be a potential currency collapse, the collapse of the US Treasury and Federal Reserve notes, and a collapse of the NYSE. And then they invoke Keynes to suggest the best way out of the mess is to spend out of an already near-critically debt massed black hole.
- A house is run like a town is run like a country or business is run like a state is run like a government. If there are things the government is doing that would either force your home into bankruptcy or into jail via fraud charges, then the government and banks shouldn't be operating in that fashion. A certain degree of stretchy liquidity is in order, but in terms of percent of GDP, there is no way of justifying what they US has now.
- Iceland failed at 850 percent debt to GDP. The US is at 350 and rising. It is not a good thing at all.
- What is happening to the dollar as a forex standard. [youtube.com]
- March 19, 2009 C-SPAN - "Let's Quit Destroying Our Dollar!" [youtube.com]
- HR 1207 (A bill to make the Fed more accountable and to answer questions regarding the dollar policy) [loc.gov]

Title: Obama sidetracked by fiscal mess, but presses on [yahoo.com]
"Being heard above the din may prove difficult. Lawmakers are wrangling over taxing people who got big bonuses and worrying the president's budget could generate $9.3 trillion in red ink over the next decade."
- Kremlin to pitch new global currency [infowars.com]
Russia proposes creation of global super-reserve currency

Holy crap, even the Russians and Chinese get it. Strange days are here.

Re:Obama Policies Will Bankrupt USA Tsarkon Report (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27346919)

Holy crap, you've pasted this rant into every topic for days now. I know you miss Lyndon, but maybe writing more letters to him would occupy your time better than shotgun-spraying your diatribes all over every topic, no matter how little they have to do with THE FREAKIN' POST.

See you on the street corner. No, i don't want a pamphlet, thanks.

Re:Obama Policies Will Bankrupt USA Tsarkon Report (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27347661)

This is trolling done right!

Keep Sun Independent! (3, Informative)

javacowboy (222023) | about 5 years ago | (#27346649)

Here's a poll to vote on maintaining Sun's independence from IBM:

http://www.misterpoll.com/polls/426985/results [misterpoll.com]

Re:Keep Sun Independent! (5, Insightful)

The Hooloovoo (78790) | about 5 years ago | (#27346941)

Online petitions work on companies like Facebook because pleasing as many random people as possible is their business model. A Web 2.0 company's product is its users. Nobody pays for Facebook as an end user -- the people paying for Facebook are paying for your ad views, marketing data, etc.

IBM and Sun shareholders, on the other hand, couldn't give less of a hoot about your feelings. Companies buy software based on a number of factors, but these factors always tie back to the bottom line. Are you going to stop visiting your favorite website because it would be using "IBM Glassfish" instead of "Sun Glassfish"?

Re:Keep Sun Independent! (2, Insightful)

ByOhTek (1181381) | about 5 years ago | (#27346979)

OK. I voted. "No".

Sorry, I've never been very impressed by Sun, and to be honest, for the longest time, I had better luck with IBMs JVM. Given the choice (and my prior experience), I'll take an IBM product over a Sun product any day.

Then again, I also have had a Mac and went back, as your sig mentions, so maybe I've just had different experiences, and have different priorities.

Developers! (2, Funny)

castorvx (1424163) | about 5 years ago | (#27346671)

... 'All in all, this move would solidify IBM's role as "the developer company,"' ...

No one tell Ballmer. I'm not sure he could handle this kind of let down.

Re:Developers! (1)

wbren (682133) | about 5 years ago | (#27346947)

That depends. Who has more chairs: Microsoft or IBM?

Re:Developers! (4, Funny)

mhall119 (1035984) | about 5 years ago | (#27347515)

Who has more chairs: Microsoft or IBM?

IBM. In fact, they have more than 3 times more chairs (well, employees, but a good proxy for # of chairs).

Heck, they probably have a dozen patents on chairs.

Re:Developers! (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | about 5 years ago | (#27347625)

Do chairmen count? They are a bit sloppy and slippery in the summer, but they make wonderful noises when thrown far enough.

Too big to fail. (4, Insightful)

tthomas48 (180798) | about 5 years ago | (#27346819)

Have we learned nothing from the recent "too big to fail" mess? I realize IBM is already too big to fail, but do we want to let them add to it? Sun failing would be fine for the market. Lots of small companies would jump in to take its place. Sun being bought by IBM would stifle the marketplace and would exert far too much control.

Sometimes to have a free-ish market we have to think about unpleasant topics like anti-trust.

Re:Too big to fail. (1)

Yetihehe (971185) | about 5 years ago | (#27346857)

It's like with black holes. Once they are large enough, they won't shrink and will suck in anything nearby.

Re:Too big to fail. (1)

ByOhTek (1181381) | about 5 years ago | (#27346995)

IBM vs. Oracle: battle of the century?

Re:Too big to fail. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27347237)

IBM vs. Oracle: battle of the century?

Hopefully 2 losers will kill each other....

Re:Too big to fail. (-1, Flamebait)

SnarfQuest (469614) | about 5 years ago | (#27346997)

Don't worry. Obama will just have the government buy them, just like he's doing with the rest of the failed companies (aig, gmc, etc.). Isn't having the government in control of all the largest companies a democrat goal? Just like any other communist/socialist country.

Re:Too big to fail. (5, Interesting)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 5 years ago | (#27347093)

The problem here isn't Democrat or Republican (after all, it was a Republican president who signed off on the first big money toss), the problem here is that no one has the balls to say what needs to be said "A company that's too big to fail should never be permitted to exist." We need a new generation of trust busters who would be empowered to forcibly bust up companies that got too big.

Re:Too big to fail. (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 5 years ago | (#27347555)

Actually Obama said that.
Specifically he said:
"But I think the most important thing that we can do is make sure that we put in a bunch of financial regulatory mechanisms to prevent companies like an AIG holding the rest of us hostage. Because that's -- that's the real problem."

That's from the tonight show transcript:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/03/20/obama-on-tonight-show-wit_n_177206.html [huffingtonpost.com]

Re:Too big to fail. (1)

tthomas48 (180798) | about 5 years ago | (#27347435)

If it was socialism or communism we would have bought, re-orged and consolidated the banks. Sold off all the bad debt at fire-sale prices and moved on from this whole mess. If we were capitalists we would have let all the jackasses fail and let the secure banks that didn't dabble in these securities move into a huge and unrealized market. Instead we get the downside to communism (government propping up useless industry to save jobs) and capitalism (investors lose lots of money). And (to my dismay) I see no difference between Obama and Bush's plans.

You believe a bunch of myths about Democrats. You believe myths about capitalism being somehow enshrined in the constitution. The sooner you realize this, the sooner we can all become productive again.

Re:Too big to fail. (1)

Bill Dimm (463823) | about 5 years ago | (#27347187)

Have we learned nothing from the recent "too big to fail" mess?

Obviously not, or one of the conditions for receiving government bailouts would have been that the companies break up into smaller pieces over some reasonable time frame, so they wouldn't be "too big to fail" in the future. Instead, it's business as usual.

Re:Too big to fail. (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 5 years ago | (#27347463)

IBM isn't too big to fail, and neither are the automakers.

An institution that backs almost all the loans in the world is; becasue if it fails* the loans stop, and many large industries can't get the loans they needs and production stops..pretty much globally.

There isn't anything IBM does that couldn't be scooped up by other players. OTOH, the practically own the patent on one's and zero's so I don't think they would ever collapse

*The failure I am talking about is immediate collapse as opposed to a slow fail with pieces being sold.

Re:Too big to fail. (1)

russotto (537200) | about 5 years ago | (#27347641)

Have we learned nothing from the recent "too big to fail" mess? I realize IBM is already too big to fail, but do we want to let them add to it? Sun failing would be fine for the market. Lots of small companies would jump in to take its place. Sun being bought by IBM would stifle the marketplace and would exert far too much control.

AIG was only "too big to fail" because their failure would have more or less automatically triggered a cascade of failures across the financial system (worse than already happened), when all their paper became worthless. That doesn't apply to IBM; were they to fail, their assets would end up being sold off piecemeal rather than simply cease to exist.

If Sun fails, IBM just picks up what it wants at auction anyway.

Re:Too big to fail. (1)

tthomas48 (180798) | about 5 years ago | (#27347889)

Sure because it's not like much of the government and private sector are running on IBM software or hardware. Their contracts becoming worthless would not cascade at all. You've bought into AIG being too big to fail. Wait until IBM makes their case.

IBM = No service (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27346873)

For those out there that think this is a good thing, try to navigate IBM's website. Or, worse yet, try to get support. You will be queued and wait for 24 hours for the simplest question. Then you would wait 24 hours after you respond to them after they copy and paste documentation back to you.

If you have IBM products, and you are giving them less the $1M/year, expect nothing in return for your money.

Re:IBM = No service (5, Interesting)

rackserverdeals (1503561) | about 5 years ago | (#27348083)

More importantly, what has IBM open sourced?

Sun has open sourced more of their own code than IBM has. Actually, Sun probably has open sourced more lines of code than anyone for that matter.

For large organizations, such as Sun and IBM, that have licensing agreements for parts of their technology, open sourcing a closed source project is not a trivial matter.

There's still a bit at Sun that was supposed to be open sourced that hasn't. Will IBM continue this? Will they put the same amount of effort into Sun's current open source projects? This is what worries me. Some of Sun's important open source projects compete with IBM's open and closed products.

The acquisition of Sun would have to transform the mindset of IBM. The open source gameplan [youtube.com] that Jonathan Schwartz outlined in his video blogs seems like a good one, but if they get eaten up by IBM, I don't know if that plan will be able to be set in motion. It seems that when IBM acquires someone, the acquired company becomes more like IBM and not the other way around.

It's not just about open source though. Sun has been creating a lot of great hardware. The CMT chip based servers are awesome. The Ranger super computer is a great example of what you can do with their massive infiniband switch.

The billions of dollars they would spend to acquire sun would be worth it just to get Andy Bechtolsheim in my opinion.

The current economic crisis has made Sun a great bargain for those that can afford to acquire it.

Netbeans/Eclipse is going to be strange and I really hope that Netbeans doesn't die.

AIX/Solaris seems easy. IBM would be stupid to kill Solaris. AIX would likely be put on legacy support. Solaris may even become the default OS for IBM's new mainframes.

Power/Sparc would have to consolidate and with IBM/Sum/Fujitsu working together you might see some even more impressive risc servers coming out.

OpenOffice.org will continue because IBM uses it as a base for Lotus Symphony. StarOffice may die or get wrapped up in Symphony.

Glassfish might be tough. Competes with WebSphere and IBM has been more behind Apache's Geronimo app server I think.

I think Sun's blades might be very appealing to IBM.

As for Java, I'm more comfortable with it being under Sun than IBM. For all the press IBM has had over the SCO trial, I don't see them as good of an open source company as Sun. I can't remember the details right now, but there were some Apache projects, as well as OpenOffice.org where IBM wasn't really sending stuff upstream. The license in those cases didn't require it, but I still think it says alot, especially considering the financial benefits IBM has received from those projects.

There's been a good discussion of this... (3, Informative)

tcopeland (32225) | about 5 years ago | (#27346879)

...on the JavaPosse Google group here [google.com]. Some talk about what this might mean for Netbeans, as one of the JavaPosse guys (Tor Norbye) is (was?) on the NB team.

Also, what would this do for the massive JavaCC book [generating...javacc.com] market? Expand it, I hope!

Re:There's been a good discussion of this... (2, Interesting)

rackserverdeals (1503561) | about 5 years ago | (#27347639)

Since 5.0 Netbeans has made tremendous improvements and now the combination of Glassfish and Netbeans is a powerhouse for J2EE development. That is real competition for Websphere Studio which costs a heck of a lot of money.

With EJB3, using EJB's even for smaller projects, using the full J2EE stack is reasonable. The complexity and performance overhead of EJBs is no longer a problem and it makes it very easy to deploy restful web services.

There's a great video on the matter from an independent developer at CommunityOne east recently. You can see the video here [sun.com]. When you get to that page click on the link for Video: Netbeans 6.7 and Glassfish v3. It's the third video.

My favorite quote was about which one is better, Netbeans or Eclipse. The answer was IdeaJ but it's not free :)

Re:There's been a good discussion of this... (1)

FishWithAHammer (957772) | about 5 years ago | (#27347799)

Since 5.0 Netbeans has made tremendous improvements

This cannot be understated. NetBeans 6.5 is a joy to use. I still personally prefer Visual Studio, but NetBeans is awesome for when I have to use Java or want to develop in PHP. I can see NetBeans supplanting VS for my C++ work in pretty short order.

The real problem (4, Funny)

Amazing Quantum Man (458715) | about 5 years ago | (#27346901)

Is that new releases of Java and Solaris will be EBCDIC only!

Re:The real problem (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about 5 years ago | (#27347251)

Is that new releases of Java and Solaris will be EBCDIC only!

. . . and distributed in the new, innovative punch card format. An excellent secure media, free from all those meddling kids on the Internet. Or has anyone seen a punch card torrent?

I'd better start looking on eBay for an old punch card reader. Although, I'd prefer a new one, with a USB interface, of course.

Re:The real problem (2, Funny)

mhall119 (1035984) | about 5 years ago | (#27347695)

Or has anyone seen a punch card torrent

You will if you accidentally knock over a box of them. Or is that a stack dump?

"IBM is where good companies go to die" (4, Insightful)

javacowboy (222023) | about 5 years ago | (#27346931)

I've said it before, and I'll say it again:

IBM will take all of Sun's great software products, and either ruin or kill them through a combination of strategic imperative, incompetence, and bureaucracy.

Say goodbye to Netbeans. IBM doesn't want competition to Eclipse.

Watch OpenSolaris get pillaged for bits like ZFS and DTrace to GPL and put in Linux and then left in the ditch (though I don't think they'll kill closed-source Solaris).

Glassfish will survive only because it already has a large independent community, despite IBM cutting off funding for it.

Java will take twice as long to evolve, as IBM's bureaucracy will dwarf that of the JCP's. Swing will be slowly killed, to be replaced by SWT. As for Websphere, it's known to break the JEE spec, and indicates the direction IBM will take Java in.

OpenOffice, right now not the cleanest, most user friendly app, will worsen if Lotus Symphony is anything to go by.

IBM pays good lip service to open source, and contributes o some strategic projects (ex Apache Harmony), but their true commitment to open source is much less than that of Sun's. That's what the Linux crowd sometimes fails to understand.

Re:"IBM is where good companies go to die" (2, Insightful)

ByOhTek (1181381) | about 5 years ago | (#27347173)

Say goodbye to Netbeans. IBM doesn't want competition to Eclipse.

Why? It doesn't compete with eclipse now. I've used modern and 2 year old installs of eclipse, and my last netbeans install was less than 6 months ago.

Swing will be slowly killed, to be replaced by SWT. As for Websphere, it's known to break the JEE spec, and indicates the direction IBM will take Java in.

Good riddance. Most swing based applications I have had the misfortune of using, have failed miserably at being cross platform, regardless of Sun or IBM JVM. Even if SWT is worse in that regard, it doesn't matter, because I've given up on swing as far as making any reliable cross platform app. Replacing one thing that is not sufficiently useful with another, well, I could care less.

OpenOffice, right now not the cleanest, most user friendly app, will worsen if Lotus Symphony is anything to go by.

I think this is the first thing I can truely agree on. I certainly would not want to see OO disappear or be so defiled.

Re:"IBM is where good companies go to die" (1)

javacowboy (222023) | about 5 years ago | (#27347315)

Why? It doesn't compete with eclipse now. I've used modern and 2 year old installs of eclipse, and my last netbeans install was less than 6 months ago.

So what *specifically* did you find wrong with Netbeans? Please enlighten us.

Re:"IBM is where good companies go to die" (2, Insightful)

samkass (174571) | about 5 years ago | (#27348245)

Dunno about the original poster, but my biggest problem is that it doesn't integrate with Perforce very well. That makes it completely a non-starter. Integration with version control is one of the top-5 tasks any IDE needs to do and in Netbeans it seems like an afterthought.

After that, Sun embracing OSGi and other de-facto industry standards instead of always re-inventing the wheel would be nice. We really didn't need yet another attempt at a Java application platform.

And JavaFX support? Who actually cares about JavaFX? It's a DOA technology.

The nice thing about IBM taking over is that IBM seems to have a MUCH better sense about what actual non-Sun developers like.

Re:"IBM is where good companies go to die" (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | about 5 years ago | (#27347817)

Have you actually tried something that is not centuries old?
Try the sancho frontend for mldonkey. Or the ThinkingRock life organization software?
They are a bit slow, but they look better than most apps I've seen and run nicely here on Windows and Linux.

So stop talking out of your old ass. ^^

The only problem I have with Swing, is that it tries to have all features imaginable. Thereby adding to the GUI slowness of Java. (Because in raw processing power, Java is actually the most performant VM, if you do not want to use something like OCaml, but still want to be compile-once-run-on-many-platforms.)

Re:"IBM is where good companies go to die" (5, Insightful)

Ukab the Great (87152) | about 5 years ago | (#27347207)

IBM will take all of Sun's great software products, and either ruin or kill them through a combination of strategic imperative, incompetence, and bureaucracy.

Isn't that Sun's job?

Re:"IBM is where good companies go to die" (2, Insightful)

javacowboy (222023) | about 5 years ago | (#27347239)

Isn't that Sun's job?

Justify that statement.

Re:"IBM is where good companies go to die" (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27347787)

Isn't           that           Sun's         job?

Re:"IBM is where good companies go to die" (5, Insightful)

AKAImBatman (238306) | about 5 years ago | (#27347843)

Isn't that Sun's job?

Sun's job is to have one of the worst marketing departments known to man. They create some really great stuff, and many of their strategic acquisitions benefit amazingly well under their umbrella. (e.g. OpenOffice, NetBeans, StorageTek, etc.)

What Sun fails miserably at is selling their products. On one hand, they give everything long, complex, and confusing names. Like "Sun Java System Directory Service", formerly "SunONE Directory Server", formerly "iPlanet Directory Server", formerly "Netscape Directory Server". Then they take this confusing pile of BS directly to executives. Now executives aren't necessarily stupid people. But if you're expecting them to wade through your piles of BS to understand what it is their buying, you've already failed. Throw in a bit of inconsistent pricing across the board to where the IT guy actually buying the stuff has no idea what price he's going to pay, and you've got a recipe for dissatisfaction.

Sun needs to learn how to market and how to sell. More to the point, they need to pay more attention to the smaller markets and stop trying to out-IBMing IBM. IBM is better at it. Try out-Delling Dell. Sun was on the right track with their "Hotter than Hell" campaign, but they gave up before it ever came to fruition!

Which is another thing that tees me off. When Sun DOES get it right, they kill it off before they give it a chance to work. Then they go back to their old ways, and probably tell themselves what a fiasco THAT marketing campaign turned out to be. :-/

A list of open source projects IBM contributes to: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27347381)

I post this every time someone makes the false claim that Sun contributes more than IBM. Source. [ibm.com]

Abstract Machine Test Utility for Linux Common Criteria Certificate
Abstract Machine Test Utility (AMTU) is an administrative utility to check whether the underlying protection mechanism of the hardware are still being enforced.

AIX Toolbox for Linux Applications
AIX Toolbox for Linux Applications contains a collection of open source and GNU software built for AIX 5L for IBM pSeries systems and IBM RS/6000.

Ami - Korean Input Method
Korean IMS (Input Method System) Ami.

Anaconda is the installation program for Red Hat distributions.

Home of the Apache Web server and several dozen related projects.

Apache Ant
Apache Ant is a Java-based build tool.

Apache APR
Apache Portable Runtime

Apache Cocoon
A Web development framework built around the concepts of separation of concerns and component-based Web development.

Apache DB project
Open source database solutions

Apache Directory
The Apache Directory project aims to produce a high-performance and production-quality LDAP server written in Java.

Apache Excalibur
Excalibur's primary product is a lightweight, embeddable Inversion of control container named Fortress that is written in Java code.

Apache Forrest
Apache Forrest is an XML standards-oriented documentation framework based upon Apache Cocoon, providing XSLT stylesheets and schemas, images, and other resources.

Apache Geronimo
Apache Geronimo is the J2EE server project of the Apache Software Foundation. The aim of the project is to produce a large and healthy community of J2EE developers tasked with the development of an open-source, certified J2EE server that: is licensed under the Apache License, passes Sun's TCK for J2EE 1.4, and reuses the best ASF/BSD licensed code available today, with new ASF code to complete the J2EE stack.

Apache Gump
Apache's continuous integration tool

Apache HTTP Server
The Apache project develops and maintains an open-source HTTP server for various modern desktop and server operating systems.

Apache Jakarta
A diverse set of open source Java solutions

Apache James
The Apache Java Enterprise Mail Server (Apache James) is a 100% pure Java SMTP and POP3 Mail server and NNTP News server. James was designed to be a complete and portable enterprise mail engine solution based on currently available open protocols.

Apache Lenya
Apache Lenya is an Open Source Java/XML Content Management System and comes with revision control, site management, scheduling, search, WYSIWYG editors, and workflow.

Apache Logging Services
Cross-language logging services for purposes of application debugging and auditing.

Apache Maven
Maven is a software project management and comprehension tool. Based on the concept of a project object model (POM), Maven can manage a project's build, reporting and documentation from a central piece of information.

Apache mod_Perl
mod_perl brings together the full power of the Perl programming language and the Apache HTTP server

Apache Portals
Apache Portals is a collaborative software development project dedicated to providing robust, full-featured, commercial-quality, and freely available portal-related software on a variety of platforms and programming languages.

Apache SpamAssassin
SpamAssassin uses a wide variety of local and network tests to identify spam signatures.

Apache Struts
The goal of the Apache Struts project is to encourage application architectures based on the "Model 2" approach, a variation of the classic Model-View-Controller (MVC) design paradigm. Under Model 2, a servlet (or equivalent) manages business logic execution, and presentation logic resides mainly in server pages.

Apache Tcl
An umbrella for Tcl-Apache integration efforts

Apache Tuscany
Tuscany provides multiple language implementations of the Service Component Architecture (SCA) specifications and related technologi es, such as SDO.

Apache Web Services
An umbrella for implementations of web service-related standards.

Apache XML Graphics
Conversion of XML formats to graphical output.

Apache XML Project
The goals of the Apache XML Project (part of The Apache Software Foundation) are to provide commercial-quality standards-based XML solutions that are developed in an open and cooperative fashion, to provide feedback to standards bodies (such as IETF and W3C) from an implementation perspective, and to be a focus for XML-related activities within Apache projects.

Apache XMLBeans
XML-Java binding tool

The Aperi project at Eclipse is developing and promoting an open source storage management framework to spur innovation and help end users and storage vendors overcome the complexity and interoperability challenges in today's storage environments.

AspectJ Development Tools Project
Some aspects of system implementation, such as logging, error handling, standards enforcement and feature variations are notoriously difficult to implement in a modular way. The result is that code is tangled across a system and leads to quality, productivity and maintenance problems. Aspect Oriented Software Development enables the clean modularization of these crosscutting concerns. The AspectJ Development Tools (AJDT) project provides Eclipse platform-based tool support for AOSD with AspectJ.

ATM on Linux
Drivers and tools to support ATM networking under Linux.

BlueHoc network simulator
BlueHoc is an open source Bluetooth technology simulator.

Bugzilla is server software designed to help you manage software development.

Build-to-Manage (BtM) Toolkits
The Build-to-Manage (BtM) Toolkits make it easy to add manageability to distributed Java technology applications. Each toolkit focuses on a different facet of the manageability opportunity.

buxom Project: Summary
Buxom is an XPCOM to Bonobo bridge, which can make it easier to invoke Bonobo components from XPCOM by translating the CORBA IDL to XPCOM form, and generating XPCOM component implementation boilder plate.

C/C++ Development Tools Project
The CDT (C/C++ Development Tools) Project is working towards providing a fully functional C and C++ IDE for Eclipse.

Carrier Grade Linux with OSDL
Linux optimized with the availability, scalability, and service response characteristics required by carrier-grade applications.

Castor is an open source data-binding framework for Java. It's the shortest path between Java objects, XML documents, and relational tables. Castor provides Java-to-XML binding, Java-to-SQL persistence, and more.

Class-based Kernel Resource Management (CKRM)
The CKRM project seeks to develop Linux kernel mechanisms providing differentiated service to resources such as CPU time, memory pages, I/O and incoming network bandwith based on user-defined groups of tasks.

Cloudscape and ODBC
ODBC is available for the Cloudscape 10.0 GA and Derby databases as an IBM® DB2 Run-Time client. The use of Derby and ODBC is currently available as a beta. This article discusses platforms, system requirements and information about where to download the free driver.

COIN (Common Optimization INterface)
Developers can use Common Optimization INterface (COIN) to build optimization solutions. IBM mathematical optimization researchers opened the code they use in finding the optimal allocation of limited resources. The code has many applications in a variety of industries.

Compound XML Document Toolkit
Add a voice editing toolkit for Eclipse with the newly updated Compound XML Document Toolkit. It works well with HTML and XML content models and now supports Eclipse V3.2 and Eclipse WTP V1.5. This plug-in for Red Hat uses XML schemas to build Web applications that include voice, graphics, mathematical computations, data entry forms, and other content on a single page without extensive hand coding.

Content Query System (CQS) Project: Summary
Content Query System (CQS). CQS is a distributed peer-to-peer query system for the purpose of discovering content or data. XML messages are passed between systems and query "engines" are used to access the data that is being made available on the system.

Cprof is an enhanced performance profiler tool written in C++ for use with C/C++ programs under GNU/Linux.

Crypto Accelerator Driver
Device Driver Support for the IBM eServer Cryptographic Accelerator.

Cscope is a developer's tool for browsing source code.

Device Mapper
Device Mapper is a component of the Linux kernel that supports logical volume management.

DHCPv6 is a stateful address autoconfiguration protocol for IPv6, a counterpart to IPv6 stateless address autoconfiguration protocol.

Direct Rendering Infrastructure (DRI)
DRI is a framework for allowing direct access to graphics hardware under the X Window System in a safe and efficient manner.

Dynamic Probe Class Library
Dynamic Probe Class Library (DPCL) is an object based C++ class library that provides the necessary infrastructure to allow tool developers and sophisticated tool users to build parallel and serial tools through technology called dynamic instrumentation.

Dynamic Probes
DProbes is a debugging facility designed to work under extreme or inaccessible conditions. It gathers diagnostic information by dynamically firing probes into executing code modules, relying on user-written probe-handlers.

The e2fsprogs package provides file system utilities for use with ext2 and also supports the ext3 file system with journaling.

Eclipse Community Education Project
The goal of the Eclipse Community Education Project (ECESIS) is to promote the creation, improvement and distribution of commercial and academic quality Eclipse courseware, education and training technologies, and resource material.

Eclipse Modeling Framework Project
EMF is a modeling framework and code generation facility for building tools and other applications based on a structured data model.

Eclipse Platform Subproject
The Eclipse Platform subproject provides the core frameworks and services upon which all plug-in extensions are created. It also provides the runtime in which plug-ins are loaded, integrated, and executed. The primary purpose of the Platform subproject is to enable other tool developers to easily build and deliver integrated tools.

Eclipse Plug-in Development Environment Project
The PDE project provides a number of views and editors that make is easier to build plug-ins for Eclipse. Using the PDE, you can create your plug-in manifest file (plugin.xml), specify your plug-in runtime and other required plug-ins, define extension points, including their specific markup, associate XML Schema files with the extension point markup so extensions can be validated, create extensions on other plug-in extension points, etc. The PDE makes integrating plug-ins easy and fun.

Eclipse TPTP
TPTP provides powerful frameworks and services for an open platform upon which developers build unique test and performance tools--both open source and commercial--that easily integrate with Eclipse and other tools and address the entire test and performance lifecycle, from developer testing through production monitoring.

Eclipse Web Tools Platform project
The Eclipse Web Tools Platform (WTP) project extends the Eclipse platform with tools for developing Web and Java EE applications. It includes source and graphical editors for a variety of languages, wizards and built-in applications to simplify development, and tools and APIs to support deploying, running, and testing apps.

eCryptfs is a cryptographic filesystem that stacks on top of existing filesystems. It provides functionality similar to that of GnuPG, only the process of encrypting and decrypting the data is done transparently from the perspective of the application.

Embedded IBM PowerPC 4xx Linux Support

Embedded Rich Client Platform Project
eRCP's intent is to extend the Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP) to embedded devices. It is largely a set of components that are subsets of RCP components. It basically enables the same application model used on desktop machines to be used on devices.

Enterprise Class Event Logging
An open-source, platform-independent event logging facility for Linux.

Enterprise Volume Management System
A plug-in architecture that allows for easy expansion and customization of various levels of volume management.

Equinox Project
The goal of the Equinox project is to experiment with techniques for broadening the range of Eclipse platform runtime configurations. For example, the Eclipse plugin model is static. There is no discussion of practices and tools for managing/reducing interplugin dependencies, service discovery is not covered and the component distribution mechanism is non-standard.

A powerful protocol analyzer.

Event Logging
Linux Event Logging for Enterprise-Class Systems logs events and informational messages from kernel subsystems and system applications. The project aims, without affecting calls to printk/klog and syslog, to provide a system-wide log with event records of fixed structure that represent attributes of the event record and a variable-length data buffer containing the event data (text or binary).

Explicit Multicast (XCAST)
Explicit Multicast (XCAST) is a new form of IP multicast, designed to provide scalable support for very large number of multicast groups, where these groups typically have a small number of participants.

File Hierarchy Standard
A set of requirements and guidelines for file and directory placement under UNIX-like operating systems.

GCC extension for stack smashing protection
Applications written in C will be protected by the method that automatically inserts protection code into an application at compilation time.

Globus Toolkit
The Globus Toolkit is an open source toolkit for building grids.

GNU Binutils
GNU Binutils are a collection of binary tools, including ld and as.

GNU C Library (Glibc)
The GNU C library is used as the C library in the GNU system and most systems with the Linux kernel.

GNU Compiler Collection (GCC)
GCC, the GNU Compiler Collection, includes front ends for C, C++, Objective-C, Fortran, Java, and Ada, as well as libraries for these languages.

GNU Debugger (GDB)
GNU Project debugger allows you to see what is going on "inside" another program while it executes. or what another program was doing at the moment it crashed.

Graphical Editor Framework Project
The Graphical Editing Framework (GEF) allows developers to take an existing application model and quickly create a rich graphical editor.

GTK+ is a multiplatform toolkit for creating graphical user interfaces.

High Availability Linux (Linux-HA)
High Availability Linux project seeks to provide a high-availability (clustering) solution for Linux that promotes reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) through a community development effort.

IBM DB2 JDBC Universal Driver, for Apache Derby Network Server
IBM DB2 JDBC Universal Driver for the Apache Derby Network Server is the driver used by the client to make a connection to the Derby Network Server using DRDA. This driver is provided with Cloudscape 10.0, however it is not included with the Derby Network Server. It can be downloaded from this page, free of charge, for use in an Apache Derby Network Server environment.

IBM Grid Toolbox V3 for Multiplatform
IBM Grid Toolbox is a commercial derivative of the Globus Toolkit Version 3. It is a comprehensive, integrated toolkit for creating and hosting grid services.

IBM Toolbox for Java
The IBM Toolbox for Java is a library of Java classes supporting the client/server and internet programming model to an i5/OS system.

IBM TuningFork Visualization Tool for Real-Time Systems
IBM TuningFork: Visualization of Real-Time Systems is an Eclipse-based visualization and performance analysis tool for real-time applications with support for Java, C++, IBM's Real-time JVM, and Linux. TuningFork enhances data exploration and performance analysis by coupling a powerful data-processing mechanism with a high-performing user interface.

Development effort to add the InfiniBand stack to the Linux kernel.

International Components for Unicode (ICU)
The International Components for Unicode (ICU) libraries provides high performance, robust, and full-featured Unicode services on a wide variety of platforms. It offers great flexibility to add globalization, internationalization, and localization features to all of your C/C++ applications.

International Components for Unicode for Java (ICU4J)
Unicode is the universal character set that's the foundation for modern software internationalization. The ICU4J project is dedicated to providing full-featured, commercial-quality, and freely available Unicode-based technologies in Java.

The Linux iSCSI driver acts as an iSCSI protocol initiator to transport SCSI requests and responses over an IP network between the client and an iSCSI-enabled target device such as a Cisco SN 5428-2 storage router.

iterm is a platform-independent framework for making Internationalized Virtual Terminal Emulator. The OpenI18N specification is a globalization specification for open source platforms.

The Jakarta Project provides commercial-quality server solutions based on the Java platform.

Java Development Tools Project
The JDT project provides the tool plug-ins that implement a Java IDE supporting the development of any Java application, including Eclipse plug-ins. It adds a Java project nature and Java perspective to the Eclipse Workbench as well as a number of views, editors, wizards, builders, and code merging and refactoring tools. The JDT project allows Eclipse to be a development environment for itself.

Java POS Config Loader
Provides configuration and loading of device services developed to the JavaPOS architecture and standards.

JFS for Linux
IBM's journaled file system technology, currently used in IBM enterprise servers, is designed for high-throughput server environments, key to running intranet and other high-performance e-business file servers. IBM is contributing this technology to the Linux open source community with the hope that some or all of it will be useful in bringing the best of journaling capabilities to the Linux operating system.

Jikes is a compiler for Java. Jikes' most popular feature is the fast compile speed gained by built-in dependence analysis and incremental compilation, as well as being written in C++ rather than Java.

Jikes Research Virtual Machine (Jikes RVM)
The Jikes Research Virtual Machine (RVM) is designed to execute Java programs that are typically used in research on fundamental virtual machine design issues. It will provide academic and research communities with a flexible testbed to prototype new virtual machine technologies and experiment with different design alternatives.

Journaled File System Technology for Linux
IBM's journaled file system technology, currently used in IBM enterprise servers, is designed for high-throughput server environments, key to running intranet and other high-performance e-business file servers. IBM is contributing this technology to the Linux open source community with the hope that some or all of it will be useful in bringing the best of journaling capabilities to the Linux operating system.

The IBM Toolbox for Java / JTOpen is the open source version of the IBM Toolbox for Java Licensed Program Product (LPP).

Kernel Asynchronous I/O (AIO) Support for Linux
AIO enables even a single application thread to overlap I/O operations with other processing, by providing an interface for submitting one or more I/O requests in one system call (io_submit()) without waiting for completion, and a separate interface (io_getevents()) to reap completed I/O operations associated with a given completion group.

Kernel Debugger (KDB)
KDB debugger is part of the linux kernel and provides a means of examining kernel memory and data structures while the system is operational.

Kdump is a kexec-based crash dumping mechanism for Linux.

Kinput2 is an X window application to input Japanese text. It acts as a front-end for other applications that want kana-kanji conversion.

Kernel Dynamic Probes (Kprobes) provides a lightweight interface for kernel modules to implant probes and register corresponding probe handlers.

Life Science Identifiers
This project implements the Life Science Indentifier (LSID) resolution protocol, to locate biologically significant data over a network, within middle-ware providing a client A.P.I. for Life Science applications, and server software, for Industry data providers.

Linux Channel Bonding
The Linux bonding driver provides network device aggregation, load balancing, and hot standby facilities.

Linux Diagnostics Tools
Linux Diagnostic Tools project focuses on diagnostic tools, first failure data capture, error log analysis, preventative testing, and system inventory gathering.

Linux Kernel
The primary site for the Linux kernel source and related information.

Linux Kernel Crash Dumps
This project involves adding code to the Linux kernel to implement crash dumps for performing post-failure analysis of a kernel crash.

Linux Kernel Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP)
Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP) is a reliable, message-oriented, multihomed transport protocol. Developed by the IETF SIGTRAN working group to transport SS7 over IP, it is now the third general-purpose transport developed by the IETF.

Linux Memory Hotplug Support
Project to create hotplug memory for Linux.

Linux on System Z
Linux is an operating system whose kernel was developed by Linus Torvalds and initially distributed in 1991. Linux has evolved to become a widely accepted operating system with a wealth of applications. Today, many Linux distributions also contain a variety of tools and utilities provided by the open source community (e.g., from the GNU project). Linux is platform-independent and executes on many architectures, including Intel®, Alpha®, or Sparc®. Linux is Open Source software that may be downloaded free of charge.

Linux orinoco wireless NIC driver
Linux orinoco driver supports a large number of wireless NICs based on the Prism 2 chipset.

Linux Scalability Effort
This project researches ways to make Linux scale better, both in terms of more processors and more processes.

Linux Screen Reader
The Linux Screen Reader (LSR) is an application that transforms the contents of the computer screen to other media, enabling non-visual access to the graphical Gnome desktop environment.

Linux Standard Base
Tasked to develop and promote a set of standards that will increase compatibility among Linux distributions and enable software applications to run on any compliant system.

Linux Support for Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA) Hardware
NUMA is one way to reduce the number of CPUs competing for access to a shared memory bus. This is accomplished by having several memory buses and only having a small number of CPUs on each of those buses.

Linux Test Project
The latest revision of the Linux Test Project test suite contains more than 2,100 tests for Linux.

Lotus Sametime Code Exchange
Get code samples and JAR files that add functionality to Sametime, an instant messenger client application.

LTC Linux Performance Team
Project to improve Linux kernel performance, with special emphasis on SMP scalability, by using open source workloads.

Memory Expansion Technology for Linux
Memory eXpansion Technology (MXT) is a hardware technology for compressing main memory contents.

Mesa 3D Graphics Library
Mesa is a 3-D graphics library with an API that is very similar to that of OpenGL.

Mobile IPv6 for Linux
MIPL Mobile IPv6 for Linux up to release 1.1 is a full kernel space implementation of the Mobile IPv6 specification.

Model Development Tools
Model Development Tools are an EMF-based implementation of the UML 2.0 metamodel for the Eclipse platform.

Mod_Rexx is an Apache loadable module which interfaces to Rexx. All phases of an Apache request can be processed with Mod_Rexx. It supports Open Object Rexx and Regina Rexx.

Creates the Mozilla and Firefox web browsers, an e-mail client, and other software.

Native POSIX Thread Library
Effort to develop a standard Linux POSIX thread library.

Netfilter simulation environment
The netfilter simulator provides a means to run netfilter code in userspace. This allows significantly easier debugging and testing of what would otherwise be kernel-bound code.

Development of NFS in the Linux kernel.

Open Cluster Framework Project
The purpose of this project is to define standard clustering APIs for some basic capabilities.

Open Internationalization Initiative
The Free Standards Group Open Internationalization Initiative (OpenI18N) is a voluntary working group that IBM is sponsoring. The group focuses on software and application portability and interoperability in the international context.

Open Object Rexx Team
Object REXX is an interpreted scripting language based on Programming Language REXX.

Open Visualization Data Explorer
Open Visualization Data Explorer is a visualization framework that gives users the ability to apply advanced visualization and analysis techniques to their data. These techniques can be applied to help users gain new insights into data from applications in a wide variety of fields including science, engineering, medicine and business.

Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP)
Visit the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), a free and open application security community dedicated to finding and fighting the causes of insecure software.

AFS is a distributed filesystem offering a client-server architecture for file sharing, providing location independence, scalability and transparent migration capabilities for data.

openCryptoki is a PKCS#11 implementation for Linux. It includes drivers and libraries to enable IBM cryptographic hardware as well as a software token for testing.

OpenDX is a powerful package for the visualization of scientific, engineering and analytical data.

OpenHPI is a project intended to provide an implementation of the SA Forum's Hardware Platform Interface.

The OpenI18N specification is a globalization specification for open source platforms.

OpenLDAP Software is an open source implementation of the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol. The suite includes utilities, tools, libraries, and sample clients.

Pegasus is an open-source implementation of the DMTF CIM and WBEM standards. It is designed to be portable and highly modular.

OpenPrinting is a set of standards that will address the needs of desktop to enterprise-ready printing

OpenSSH on AIX
Open SSH for AIX.

OProfile is a system-wide profiler for Linux systems, capable of profiling all running code at low overhead.

OS/2 to Linux Porting Package
OS/2 Linux is a run-time shared object library for console-based applications. It provides the OS/2 base set of APIs in a dynamically linked run-time library. It also supplies a set of custom OS/2 header files to be used in place of the standard files during the compilation of GCC compiler source code.

PCI Hotplug for Linux
A patch to bring hot-plug ability to PCI peripherals to Linux.

Performance Inspector
The Performance Inspector provides a mechanism to collect performance trace data in a convenient way. It provides a core set of hooks in the kernel to keep track of scheduling, interrupt, cpu, and other events.


PHP is a server-side, cross-platform, HTML embedded scripting language for creating dynamic Web pages. Information and tools for PHP developers are available on developerWorks at PHP project resources.

PHP Security Consortium
The PHP Security Consortium (PHPSC) is an international group of PHP experts dedicated to promoting secure programming practices within the PHP community.

PilotBean is a package that provides a Java interface to the 3Com PalmPilot (TM) device via Pilot Desktop application.

Postfix is a somewhat-sendmail-compatible mailer that attempts to be fast, easy to administer, and secure.

PowerPC Performance Libraries
This project provides performance optimized library functions for IBM PowerPC 4xx embedded processors. The libraries cover floating-point emulation and common C library string and memory functions.

RAID and Data Protection Solutions for Linux
RAID, short for Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks, is a method whereby information is spread across several disks, using techniques such as disk striping (RAID Level 0) and disk mirroring (RAID level 1) to achieve redundancy, lower latency and/or higher bandwidth for reading and/or writing, and recoverability from hard-disk crashes.

Realtime Linux Security Module
Linux Security Modules project provides a lightweight, general purpose framework for access control.

ReiserFS v3
ReiserFS is a journaling filesystem. It is very good at dealing with large numbers of small files.

Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA)
The OpenRDMA project is an open source implementation of Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) service enablement layers in Linux.

In Robocode, you program a robotic battletank in Java for a fight to the finish. The game is designed to help you learn Java, and have fun doing it from a simple 10-line robot to a very sophisticated, intelligent robot that destroys the competition!

Samba is an Open Source/Free Software suite that provides seamless file and print services to SMB/CIFS clients.

SBLIM (Standards Based Linux Instrumentation for Manageability)
SBLIM, the Standards Based Linux Instrumentation for Manageability, helps make GNU/Linux systems easier to manage. It does this by enabling GNU/Linux for WBEM (Web Based Enterprise Management), which is a set of standards defined by the DMTF and fostered by the WBEMsource initiative. This project is licensed under the Common Public License.

Service and productivity tools for Linux on POWER systems
Hardware service diagnostic aids and productivity tools for IBM servers running Linux operating systems on Power4 and Power5 processors.

Software Test Automation Framework
The Software Testing Automation Framework (STAF) is an open source, multi-platform, multi-language framework designed around the idea of reusable components, called services.

Standards Based Linux Instrumentaion for Manageability
SBLIM (pronounced "sublime"), the Standards Based Linux Instrumentation for Manageability is an IBM Open Source project, intended to enhance the manageability of GNU/Linux systems. It does so by enabling GNU/Linux for WBEM, Web Based Enterprise Management, a set of standards defined by the DMTF and fostered by the WBEMsource initiative.

strace prints out a trace of all the system calls made by a another process/program.

Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP)
The Linux Kernel Stream Control Transmission Protocol (lksctp) project is an implementation of the Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP) in the Linux kernel.

sysfsutils: System Utilities Based on Sysfs
A set of utilities built upon sysfs, a new virtual filesystem in Linux kernel versions 2.5+ that exposes a system's device tree.

System Configurator
System Configurator is a utility for automatically configuring networking and bootstrapping in a Linux Distribution and Architecture agnostic way.

System Installation Suite
System Installation Suite is a set of tools to simplify installation and management of large numbers of machines. It is distribution and architecture agnostic.

System Installer
System Installer is an installation tool which is designed to build Linux images. It can be used to build and install an image directly to a machine, or it may build secondary images to be distributed to remote clients. It is designed to integrate well into System Configurator and System Imager.

The SystemTap project aims to produce a Linux tool that lets application developers and system administrators take a deeper look into a running kernel.

TAHI Project
TAHI Project is the joint effort formed with the objective of developing and providing the verification technology for IPv6.

TCK for JWSDL (JSR 110)
JWSDL TCK is the technology compatibility kit for Java APIs for WSDL (JWSDL). JWSDL is a Java Specification Request (JSR) being developed under the Java Community Process. This TCK is to be used to test a JWSDL implementation for compliance with the specification.

Tcl extension library
Tcl/SMAPI is a Tcl extension library that makes possible the use of the IBM Speech Manager Applications Programming Interface (SMAPI) in Tcl scripts. SMAPI is the connection between the user interface and the speech recognition engine for the IBM ViaVoice family of products, and Tcl/SMAPI uses the same speech recognition engine, or "run time", as the ViaVoice products.

Tcl/SMAPI is a Tcl extension library that makes possible the use of the IBM Speech Manager API (SMAPI) in Tcl scripts.

TrouSerS is an open-source TCG software stack implementation.

UDDI for Python
A Python package that allows the sending of requests to and processing of responses from the UDDI Version 2 APIs.

USAGI Project -- Linux IPv6 Development Project
USAGI(UniverSAl playGround for Ipv6) Project works to deliver the production quality IPv6 and IPsec(for both IPv4 and IPv6) protocol stack for the Linux system, tightly collaborating with WIDE Project, KAME Project and TAHI Project.

The Linux USB project develops USB support for the Linux kernel.

Visual Editor Project
The Eclipse Visual Editor project is a vendor-neutral, open development platform supplying frameworks for creating GUI builders, and exemplary, extensible tool implementations for Swing/JFC and SWT/RCP. These tools are exemplary in that they verify the utility of the Eclipse Visual Editor frameworks, illustrate the appropriate use of those frameworks, and support the development and maintenance of the Eclipse Visual Editor Platform itself.

Visual Performance Analyzer
Visual Performance Analyzer (VPA) is an Eclipse-based performance visualization toolkit, similar to Intel's VTune, and AMD's CodeAnalyst for Linux, Java and Windows platforms. It uses three major components that work to narrow down performance problems, show statistics, and examine code execution on IBM POWER processors.

Web Services Description Language for Java Toolkit
The Web Services Description Language for Java Toolkit (WSDL4J) allows the creation, representation, and manipulation of WSDL documents describing services. This codebase is the reference implementation of the standard created by JSR110.

wsbpeltc: Oasis WS BPEL TC (private project)
Provides documents being edited collaboratively by the OASIS WS BPEL Technical Committee.

X.Org Foundation is the worldwide consortium empowered with the stewardship and collaborative development of the X Window System technology and standards.

Xen is a virtual machine monitor for x86 that supports execution of multiple guest operating systems.

XFS combines advanced journaling technology with full 64-bit addressing and scalable structures and algorithms.

XML Forms Generator
XML Forms Generator now includes a schema-flattening utility, an auto-detect renderer option, Eclipse V3.2 support, and Eclipse WTP V1.5 support, and more. This standards-based, data-driven Eclipse plug-in generates functional forms with XForms mark-up embedded within an XHTML document on Red Hat.

Yaboot is a PowerPC bootloader for Open Firmware based machines including New World Apple Macintosh, IBM RS/6000, IBM pSeries and IBM OpenPower machines.

Re:A list of open source projects IBM contributes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27347921)

Wow, what the fuck do you else want? a hug?

I didn't knew that Linux community was so ungrateful.

Yes, I'm disappointed.

Re:"IBM is where good companies go to die" (1)

ianare (1132971) | about 5 years ago | (#27347403)

Say goodbye to Netbeans. IBM doesn't want competition to Eclipse.

Honestly I think netbeans is just about perfect as-is. Besides, even if they kill corporate funding, I think the community would step in (unlike most open source apps, its users CAN modify it).

Watch OpenSolaris get pillaged for bits like ZFS and DTrace to GPL and put in Linux and then left in the ditch (though I don't think they'll kill closed-source Solaris).

I never saw a bright future for open solaris anyway, linux is too far ahead for it to catch up. Not that it isn't a great product, but it was open sourced way too late in the game. Might as well give linux its best parts ...

Java will take twice as long to evolve, as IBM's bureaucracy will dwarf that of the JCP's. ...
OpenOffice, right now not the cleanest, most user friendly app, will worsen if Lotus Symphony is anything to go by.

You're on to something here ... something very frightening.

IBM pays good lip service to open source, and contributes o some strategic projects (ex Apache Harmony), but their true commitment to open source is much less than that of Sun's. That's what the Linux crowd sometimes fails to understand.

I agree, but if Sun is going to disappear anyway IBM would at least keep some of their spirit alive.

Solaris vs. Linux (1)

turgid (580780) | about 5 years ago | (#27347545)

The only reason IBM has been funding and supporting Linux development so strongly is to compete with Solaris, since AIX is so dreadful.

You can bet your bottom dollar, that when IBM gets its filthy mitts on Solaris, it will drop its Linux development like a hot potato.

Sun has frittered away all its advantages over the last decade, and despite its genuine commitment to Open Source in general, the PHBs really don't get "community." This is a shame. And why can't they make processors? Fujitsu have always made better SPARCs than Sun. Sun should have bought AMD when the Opteron came out in 2003.

An IBM buy-out of Sun would be bad for Sun technology, and bad for the market in general. Sun could really do with some strong leadership and proper organisation in touch with reality.

Re:"IBM is where good companies go to die" (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 5 years ago | (#27347597)

2 billion dollar commitment is a fucking lot. IBM, with all their issues, is a seriously committed player.

I'm repeating myself too (1)

ClosedSource (238333) | about 5 years ago | (#27347645)

A few years ago IBM acquired Rational. Immediately afterword they discontinued the popular Visual Test product because it competed with more expensive products IBM owned. They won't sell you a license for it and they won't convert it into an open source project.

Re:I'm repeating myself too (2, Informative)

ebh (116526) | about 5 years ago | (#27348125)

If Rational is any indication, IBM is going to figure out what Sun's cash cows are and hold those customers hostage.

I've been an enthusiastic ClearCase user and administrator (please let's not start that flamewar again) all the way back to the Atria days. After dealing with IBM as a vendor since they bought Rational, I've seriously considered recommending against ClearCase to my customers.

It's not just the incompetent and ever-changing bureaucracy, which is indeed infuriating, it's the attitude of their reps. They go way beyond "We've got it, you want it, you get it on our terms." They act more like bill collectors than anything else. At one point, because of a paperwork delay in my purchasing organization, our ClearCase support lapsed. IBM called me EVERY DAY until they got their check, even after I told them to stop and let all their calls go to voice mail.

I don't know what Sun is like to deal with these days, but no matter how bad they are, it can't be worse than IBM.

Re:"IBM is where good companies go to die" (1)

CougMerrik (1221450) | about 5 years ago | (#27347729)

If Sun were a good company, they wouldn't shopping around for buyers and their stock wouldn't have lost 99% of its value in the last decade.

There are good companies and companies that make good things. IBM is a good company -- one that makes money and provides good services. Sun is a company that makes some good products, but if all you have is that, a CEO with a pony tail, and no money in the bank, then are you really a "good" company? If anything, employees at Sun should be pissed that their company failed to do a better job of making money off their great products and services.

I went to Supercomputing '08 in Austin. Sun's booth had a custom motorcycle in coffee brown with the Netbeans logo on it, and a magician doing card tricks. IBM's booth was very boring -- it only had salesmen and spec sheets. That seems to represent a lot of the difference between these two companies.

Re:"IBM is where good companies go to die" (1)

Christian Henry (810035) | about 5 years ago | (#27347779)

One thing that IBM *won't* do is fail to find ways to monetize what they acquire from Sun.

The most significant reason Sun find themselves in their current situation is that they've never been able to figure out that (*gasp*) there's money to be made in things like *support*.

Around here (Toronto, Canada), Sun (in fact) would rather companies get Sun support (hardware, OS, or even application software) via third parties such as Kanatek (I know I'm spelling it wrong). IBM, on the other hand, *love* providing support, because they know enough to make a pretty penny from it.

As a result, from a *large business customer* standpoint, this potential buyout would be a *good* thing. I know of at least a few large companies which would *love* to pay IBM for, say, first-tier Java support on Linux. Or IBM support of Solaris. One prime example of an IBM-acquired company that IBM ended up providing superior support for was Adstar (makers of Adstar Distributed Storage Manager - ADSM, now known as Tivoli Storage Manager).

Re:"IBM is where good companies go to die" (1)

mpcooke3 (306161) | about 5 years ago | (#27347949)

Watch OpenSolaris get pillaged for bits like ZFS and DTrace to GPL and put in Linux and then left in the ditch (though I don't think they'll kill closed-source Solaris).

So what you are saying is that IBM might use this opportunity to make two really major improvements to Linux. Oh how horrible of them.

What about the other java based projects? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27347077)

Isn't the real question what will happen to java based products which are competitors of IBM's products? What about JBoss? What about all those java based database?

Pipedream??? (3, Insightful)

syousef (465911) | about 5 years ago | (#27347109)

I see this story has been tagged "Pipedream". I don't know what kind of pipe people are smoking these days, but to me it doesn't sound like any kind of pleasant or desirable dream to have one company in control of so many things we depend on...even more so during an economic downturn.

Re:Pipedream??? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27347923)

For the most part I don't really understand all the hatred being expressed against IBM. What realistic alternatives are there?

1. Sun continues its downward spiral into irrelevance and insolvency. Eventually it goes bankrupt and its assets are sold off to the highest bidders.
Bad for obvious reasons. No one would want to see that.
2. Sun gets bought out by another company, say HP or Oracle.
It would be hard to argue that HP or Oracle would be a better owner than IBM, assuming they could even afford it. If Sun is going to get bought out, IBM is probably the best choice. IBM has a much better track record of supporting Open Source than any other old-school company except Sun itself, and heck, IBM already sells Solaris servers [ibm.com], so they would not kill it off for AIX or Linux. Sure they might do something like GPL Solaris technologies in order to get them into Linux, but really who would think this is a bad thing except the zealots?
3. Sun voluntarily splits itself up into separate companies (Java, Solaris, OpenOffice, MySql, etc).
Probably the best option for the technologies involved, but it would never happen because the current management would essentially be admitting their own failure. It also might spell bad news for stuff like OpenOffice and OpenSolaris, since they may not end up with a "sugar daddy" to finance development work.

Netbeans/Eclipse... (2, Insightful)

Bill_the_Engineer (772575) | about 5 years ago | (#27347151)

NetBeans/Eclipse would unify IBM's front against Visual Studio.

I hope Netbeans don't become the mess that Eclipse is threatening to become. The multiple distributions, the commercial only plugins, UI inconsistencies, and instability.

I know the Eclipse fanboys will object, but I've used both IDEs and Eclipse has its issues and feels like it was built by a committee consisting of competitors.

With Netbeans, I don't have to worry about CDT not meshing with the current patched version of the platform, or having to choose between Subclipse or Subversive and trying to get past that stupid Java HL issue with Ubuntu. Netbeans just works.

Nothing against Eclipse, I just don't want any of that crap to migrate over to Netbeans.

Then there's IBM history other editors like XyWrite...

Re:Netbeans/Eclipse... (1)

$1uck (710826) | about 5 years ago | (#27347383)

More likely any sort of corporate sponsorship or support for NetBeans would disappear, which would suck.

I wouldn't mind seeing Sun bought... (1)

$1uck (710826) | about 5 years ago | (#27347307)

But please not by IBM, they have too many competing products and this will effectively just strip out competition. As fro Glassfish being entry level product for websphere? Huh? its.. WSAD not WHAPPY. I'd like to see Sun paired with a company that has experience with consumers and consumer products like Apple (probably never going to happen). A company where the two could benefit each other not a company that will swallow Sun's product line and make it disappear or merge with its own.

You forget its OSS we're talking about! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27347385)

Ironically another item portraits older OS's and also (to a degree) reflects the way OS/2 came to a stop. One of the bigger players in getting it halted to a screeching stop was none other than IBM themselves. Being an OS/2 user in the "good days" where it was still mainstream (within context naturally) always made me to use my bookmarks to even get to the OS/2 homepage because well.. IBM didn't really show it clearly on their main website in the way Sun currently shows their stuff.

And this is also exactly what I, and I'm sure many Java programmers with me, fear when IBM would take over the stick. I doubt that IBM would even bother trying to maintain Java in its "pure" form as it is now and basically try to push all of its own silly standards forward, including its own (IMO) bastard version of the VM itself.

However, there is one very important matter to keep in mind here. The one which makes me seriously question if IBM would indeed gain the title of "developer company" (note: I'm only focussing on that what I use and like; Java). Simply because all the current big bad-ass Java tools (IMO that would be Netbeans, Glassfish and (slightly related) MySQL)) are all open source tools.

And you can bet that when someone would fork NetBeans and display a serious approach in keeping the project alive as it is now (naturally that would be under a different name) then I wouldn't have to think twice to ditch IBM and stick with the new NB-like project. Naturally the same would apply to Glassfish and MySQL. So I wouldn't get your hopes up yet. Its one thing to "own the tools", its a whole different game to actually entrance the developers who would be willing to use those tools.

My personal prediction would be that in the end not IBM but Open Source would prevail.

Finally!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27347481)

Java support for 3270s!!

Visual Studio? (1)

ClosedSource (238333) | about 5 years ago | (#27347489)

"... and NetBeans/Eclipse would unify IBM's front against Visual Studio"

What do you mean? I didn't know NetBeans and Eclipse were planing on embracing .NET. Certainly .NET developers aren't likely to switch to Java even if they liked NetBeans and Exclipse more than Visual Studio (which they don't).

Seems that there always has to be an Anti-MS spin no matter how brain-dead.

Re:Visual Studio? (2, Interesting)

FishWithAHammer (957772) | about 5 years ago | (#27347879)

I'd love to see a C# plugin for NetBeans, personally. NetBeans 6.5 is the first release I'd call almost as good as Visual Studio (I can't stand Eclipse, personally), and there's not much work left to make it a genuine competitor for what I use it for. I'm already looking at moving my C++ development over to it. Having an .NET plugin would seal the deal for me.

(It can't be any worse than MonoDevelop...)

What an IBM-Sun Merger Might Mean (1)

spacefight (577141) | about 5 years ago | (#27347581)

It means IBM is back in our datacenter in the midrange area after we spent years getting rid of those expensive AIX pSeries...

JS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27347657)

"what if ... google buys Sun"

Horrible article (2, Interesting)

Jonboy X (319895) | about 5 years ago | (#27347685)

Wow. Just...wow. All IBM gets out of the deal is the Java name. All the other assets are basically bogus, which the market has already figured out.

  1. Glassfish is still pretty much a toy, as far as J2EE app servers go. If users want free, they go with JBoss. If they wanna pay money for scalability and features and support, they already go with IBM's WebSphere.
  2. IDE's don't bring in money for consulting companies. Besides, Eclipse has been the standard for Java development for so long and by such a wide margin that it's barely even a debate except among industry wags. Also...Java IDE's don't compete with Visual Studio. Sheesh!
  3. MySQL is great and all, but if someone's using it, they're probably doing so to *avoid* high consulting and licensing fees.

InfoWorld hits another high score in tech buzzword bingo, but misses the point completely...

The company that made cobol a big deal ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27347813)

deserves the company that made java a big deal.

mod 04 (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27347907)

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Bad for java... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27348269)

IBM loves java, but that doesn't mean IBM is good for java. IBM is a slow lumbering beast, java's inability to innovate has hurt it enough already. The acquisition process alone will delay java a few years.

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