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08/10/2009

VMWare To Buy SpringSource

My imaginary secret war between RedHat and SpringSource has just become more interesting as SpringSource has agreed to be acquired by VMWare for $362 million in cash and equity and another $58 million in stock and option assumptions (editor's note:...wait...what the...?).  When I first blogged about SpringSource taking aim against new arch-enemy Redhat, I wondered why.  When Redhat responded with, "what is a spring source??", I thought "Oh man!  It's on!".   

In light of these past events, I can't help thinking of my old D&D days where that lone goblin would throw rocks at my impetuous 2nd level dwarven fighter, who, as expected, would go hurtling after the easy prey and quick XP points only to run into a horde of hungry ogre magi!  "Moradin's Beard!"  Ah...to be young again...  SpringSource CEO Rod Johnson's blog post that started it all now makes chilling sense!

This, of course, has me wondering now who will serve as Redhat's big brother and buy them.  What do all of you think?  Oracle's going to be busy for a while.  HP and IBM already have a bunch of operating systems.

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