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IBM Could "Reinvent" Java: Mills

IBM Software chief Steve Mills said IBM has a long time to worry about Oracle’s potentially iron grip on Java licensing

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Interarbor Solution principal analyst Dana Gardner had a drink with IBM Software chief Steve Mills last week. He said Mills thinks that the Oracle-Sun deal will go through but that Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is buying Sun because he doesn't "understand the hardware business" and won't get his money's worth at the $9.50 a share Oracle is proposing to pay for it.

Well, what else is Mills (pictured on the main screen at JavaOne below, behind Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz) going to say; IBM supposedly walked on the deal.

Anyway, Gardner got Mills to talking about Java and Mills remarked that IBM has a long time to worry about Oracle's potentially iron grip on Java licensing because its renewal is years off and then Gardner made an interesting observation: that IBM had invented Java for the server for Sun and that it could reinvent it like making Apache Harmony a "Java doppelganger."

Of course, if Oracle fails to close on Sun and Sun goes belly up, Sun's IP will go to the block.

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at) or paperboy(at), and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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