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Java creator James Gosling: ‘Google totally slimed Sun’

In his testimony last week, Schwartz explained his “grit our teeth” strategy after Android had its public debut as an incompatible variant of Sun’s Java. “We saw a handset bypass our brand and licensing restrictions…we decided to grit our teeth and support it so anyone supporting it would see us as part of the value chain,” he said. Apparently, continuing to seek a way to work with Google — to turn lemons into lemonade, as Gosling wrote — was preferable to engaging in a costly lawsuit.

The sad patent dance over Sun’s grave. In retrospective, Sun under Schwartz’s leadership looks like a somehow idealistic company. That made the demise inevitable.

Has Oracle been a disaster for Sun’s open source?

As far as Oracle is concerned, everything is going swimmingly:

Oracle Corporation today announced fiscal 2010 Q4 GAAP total revenues were up 39% to $9.5 billion, while non-GAAP total revenues were up 40% to $9.6 billion.

In particular, Sun seems to be making plenty of money:

We estimate that the acquired business [Sun] will contribute over $1.5 billion to Oracle’s non-GAAP operating profit in the first year, increasing to over $2 billion in the second year. This would make the Sun acquisition more profitable in per share contribution in the first year than we had planned for the acquisitions of BEA, PeopleSoft and Siebel combined,” said Oracle President Safra Catz.

more on h-online.com

Open source fans may cry over Sun, but Oracle was able to rapidly profit from the acquisition.

Sun’s stars: Where are they now? And why did they leave?

Nutter cites uncertainty about JRuby as reason for leaving: “We were still excited to work on JRuby and we didn’t have a lot of negative indications, but we didn’t have a whole lot of positive indications that the project would continue. It seemed like a good time to move on to someone willing to fund JRuby.

While Sun’s business may benefit from acquisition, working for Oracle doesn’t appeal to Sun star programmers.

Special Report: Can That Guy in Ironman 2 Whip IBM in Real Life?

The underlying engineering teams are so good, but the direction they got was so astonishingly bad that even they couldn’t succeed,” said Ellison. “Really great blogs do not take the place of great microprocessors. Great blogs do not replace great software. Lots and lots of blogs does not replace lots and lots of sales.

Great article on Larry Ellison and Sun’s take over by Oracle. Jonathan Schwartz has been picked to pieces.