Oracle *ROYALY* screwed Sun and its customer base
When Oracle took over - "we" were the 51st? (ish) takeover it had done - THEY DID NOT CARE....
Oracle noddys came in and said this is how we do a takeover - we monitize everything and stop actually providing customer service - unless you pay through the nose - and even then we wont do what Sun once did for you....because its not the Oracle way...
Hence - we now see customers - who had already been spooked by the hawking around McNealy had been doing of Sun and the lacklustre hardware (and cheapened too - ever seen what a 2006 V240 looks like with the flimsy plastic overs that look like they have been manufactured by a cheap toy company?)
Oracle ALIENATED the ENTIRE customer base and massively miffed everybody off.....(then had the cheek to close down Sun GMP - move everyone to TVP and turn GMP into a filmset for Cuban Fury).
Im not saying what Sun did and was doing was right - there were too many bean counters and middle management and really STUPID projects doing dumb things that wasted more money on the pretence of saving it.....BUT - Oracle missed an opportunity - sure - make money out of Sun - they got rid of all the talented staff, toned down customer service and what ever they could make the customer do themselves followed by hiking up all the service fees (i.e. double the amount for less service) and focused entirely on hardware to suit the Oracle database and nothing about what their customerbase was actually doing.
This then means the majority of my now customers (HUGE finance sector clients) have major projects to move from Sun hardware and Solaris to Linux - often on HP.