Sun Microsystems last ever CEO Jonathan Schwartz created a bit of a stir last week, when he came up with a more novel way of announcing his resignation than a standard envelope-on-desk routine, when he tweeted it in the form of a haiku.
“Financial crisis/Stalled too many customers/CEO no more,” – @OpenJonathan
The tweet came late on Wednesday night, a week after Oracle completed its contested $7.4 billion takeover of Sun, a move which had been scrutinised by the EU competition authorities for over three months.
Schwartz took over Sun in 2006, replacing the company’s original co-founder Scott McNealy after the company had suffered serious losses since the dot com crash, only to be compounded by the recession in more recent years.
In the past few years Schwartz had brought the company in a new direction by releasing its top software ranges under open source licenses.
Schwartz’s resignation had not come as a surprise to some, Larry Ellison, the CEO of Oracle had stated in an interview that he had expected this, rather than Schwartz to stay and take a position in the merged company.
One of the biggest questions on people’s minds with the Oracle takeover is whether or not Sun’s popular open source office suite, Open Office, long seen as the struggling under dog to Microsoft Office, would survive.
Oracle allayed these fears by announcing that the free, popular software would indeed survive and have also suggested a cloud version, possibly to bring the suite into competition with Google Docs, with which it could fare a better chance given that there is less market competition for web based applications, when compared to its more bloated and commercially standard competitor, offline, in Microsoft.
Rumours suggest that Open Office Cloud has been in the works for some time, but had not released any details about possible UI designs or a release date.
Exactly how the cloud system will measure up to Google, or indeed Microsoft Office is yet to be seen, if it is released at all. however its continued existence will keep many freeware users and champions of open source happy for the most part.