Wade Roush says the partnership is worth watching
even if there isn't a buyout:
On the other hand, two conflicting ideas can be true at the same time. There may still be reason to believe that something is brewing at Google and Sun.Technorati TagsSun Solaris OpenSolaris Java CoolThreadsUltraSparc Investing Stocks
At the same time, Google has been scooping up software architects and engineers who are well versed in the technology of Web browsers and server-based applications. One of them is Adam Bosworth, a former Microsoft programmer who developed the HTML engine in Internet Explorer and was one of the guiding forces behind the creation of XML (the Extensible Markup Language).
It would not be surprising if Bosworth and his colleagues at Google -- all of whom, remember, are free to spend 20 percent of their time on personal projects that might or might not develop into future products -- were thinking about new platforms for Google's services, whether new browsers, operating systems, or types of computers. Google, with its expertise in AJAX applications, and Sun, with its historical involvement with the open-source community, might do together what only Microsoft could do alone: end the era of desktop-based software in exchange for a faster, more flexible, more powerful generation of web-based applications.
We at Technology Review don't know what form the Google-Sun collaboration will take. And we don't spread gossip or repeat rumors as fact. But this is one potential story that we'll be watching closely.