Open source and Java feel first Sun cuts
Sun Microsystems axed 1,300 employees on Thursday, the first wave in a series of planned redundancies intended to cut head count by almost a fifth.
The company said in a statement it had cut workers across all levels, including employees in vice president and director positions.
It did not say who'd been cut, but The Reg has learned that the departed include individuals working on and around some of the company's highly touted open-source projects.
Among those gone are brains who worked on the OpenJDK, desktop Java, and the Java 2 Standard Edition (JavaSE) interface.
Also gone are individuals working in marketing and on social media who were trying to build a community around OpenSolaris, the open-source edition of Sun's Unix operating system.
News of the cuts will provide a brief respite for some at Sun, who've been living under a cloud of uncertainty. But more cuts are coming. Sun announced in November it would cut 6,000 of its 33,400 workforce, on top of between 1,500 and 2,000 cuts announced in May.
Sun said in a statement Thursday that the number of positions that are being eliminated "when combined with the other cost cutting measures and organizational changes being implemented, will put the company on track for improved financial performance." ®
RE: Frank Gerlach
"....Just join the Eurozone as the next step." Frank, that was below the belt! The last time we tried that, George Soros displayed all his liberal, friend-to-all, Democrat values by trying to making the Bank of England go bust. Personally, I fear that Gordon Brooonpants will use the current economic kerfuffle to try and shaft us with more close ties to Europe and a possible move into the Euro again. I remember a few years back that Clinton made a surprise offer to include the UK in the NAFTA agreement if we pulled out of Europe, a move which would have made the UK effectively a bridgestone for US companies doing business into Europe with all types of possibilities for US investment in the UK. But Blair was too sold on the European daydream to go for it (or just too scared of what his socialist backbenchers would have to say about it). If it were ever put to a referendum as to whether we should join NAFTA or the EEC I would chose NAFTA, but then neither Brooooon or Blair were ever keen on actually asking the people what they wanted.
But to get back to the point of the article, the whole tech sector is seeing cut-backs and redundacies, but it is Sun's which are drawing the most comment as their position is so bad considering the heights Sun once scaled. The fact is the majority of us see that Sun is approaching its nova.
I'm shocked. Marketing folks are being cut? Really? I thought they were always the last to go.
@Jay Jaffa: "a procession of arseholes running the company"
There have been a total of three CEOs in Sun's history - Vinod Khosla (1982-1984), Scott McNealy (1984-2006) and Jonathan Schwartz (2006-present). Hardly a procession.
If you're going to spew invective, at least make it accurate...