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Makes me wonder what would have happened if IBM had been the suitor instead of Oracle, as I saw rumored.

Someone in the know at the time claimed to me that IBMs plan was to keep the hardware and customers, and mitigate anti-trust concerns by spinning off the software to Red Hat.

Given RHs compulsive open sourcing of aquisitions it's one of the great tragedies of the software industry that IBM got cold feet over the concerns that Sun were facing violations of anti-bribery laws.

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