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28 October 2009, 11:09

Oracle clarifies plans for Java tools and OpenOffice

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Oracle has updated its FAQPDF on its planned acquisition of Sun Microsystems. The updated version makes a number of new statements about the future of Glassfish, OpenOffice, NetBeans and VirtualBox. Oracle says it plans to continue developing Glassfish, Sun's web application server, as the open source reference implementation of Java EE and that it will be "actively supporting the large Glassfish community". The company does say that it will "invest in aligning common infrastructure" between its Oracle WebLogic server and Glassfish.

OpenOffice's future as open source appears to be assured; "After the transaction closes, Oracle plans to continue developing and supporting OpenOffice as open source". Oracle plans to offer a commercial license for OpenOffice for larger customers who require support and enterprise tools.

Netbeans is, according to the FAQ, to continue as an open source option and "complement the two free tools", Oracle JDeveloper and Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse, that the company already offers. JDeveloper will remain the "strategic development tool" for Oracle's Fusion middleware, but the company says that development of its next generation applications should be possible using JDeveloper, Enterprise Pack or NetBeans.

VirtualBox, Sun's open source desktop virtualisation application, is included in the list of Sun virtualisation products which Oracle expect to continue, but in this case the document does not say anything about the open source nature of VirtualBox.

One section that is unchanged is the section on MySQL, the issue being investigated by the European Commission's Competition regulators. It still says that Oracle plans to "spend more money developing MySQL than Sun does now" and that it expects to add MySQL to its current line up of database products.

The FAQ is not, as it points out in a disclaimer, a binding statement, but the changes are the first indication from Oracle of the future of Sun's other open source products.


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