Oracle has updated the Sun Acquisition FAQ. The FAQ now has Oracle’s plans for MySQL, Java, Virtualization, NetBeans, Glassfish, OpenOffice, Open Source and other things.

Below are the relevant pieces from that document.

**What are Oracle’s plans for the GlassFish Enterprise (Java

EE) Server after the transaction closes?**

Oracle plans to continue evolving GlassFish Enterprise Server, delivering

it as the open source reference implementation (RI) of the Java Enterprise

Edition (Java EE) specifications, and actively supporting the large GlassFish

community. Additionally, Oracle plans to invest in aligning common

infrastructure components and innovations from Oracle WebLogic Server

and GlassFish Enterprise Server to benefit both Oracle WebLogic Server and

GlassFish Enterprise Server customers.

What are Oracle’s plans for NetBeans?

Oracle has a strong track record of demonstrating commitment to choice for

Java developers. As such, NetBeans is expected to provide an additional open

source option and complement to the two free tools Oracle already offers for

enterprise Java development: Oracle JDeveloper and Oracle Enterprise Pack for

Eclipse. While Oracle JDeveloper remains Oracle’s strategic development tool

for the broad portfolio of Oracle Fusion Middleware products and for Oracle’s

next generation of enterprise applications, developers will be able to use

whichever free tool they are most comfortable with for pure Java and Java EE

development: JDeveloper, Enterprise Pack for Eclipse, or NetBeans.

What are Oracle’s plans for MySQL?

Oracle plans to spend more money developing MySQL than Sun does now.

Oracle expects to continue to develop and provide the open source MySQL

database after the transaction closes. Oracle plans to add MySQL to Oracle’s

existing suite of database products, which already includes Berkeley DB, an

open source database. Oracle also currently offers InnoDB, an open source

transactional storage engine and the most important and popular transaction

engine under MySQL. Oracle already distributes MySQL as part of our

Enterprise Linux offering.

What is Oracle’s plan for OpenOffice?

Oracle has a history of developing complete, integrated, and open products,

making integration quicker and less costly for our customers. Based on the

open ODF standard, OpenOffice is expected to create a compelling desktop

integration bridge for our enterprise customers and offers consumers another

choice on the desktop. After the transaction closes, Oracle plans to continue

developing and supporting OpenOffice as open source. As before, some of

the larger customers will ask for extra assurances, support, and enterprise

tools. For these customers we expect to offer a typical commercial license


How does Oracle support open source?

Oracle has long been committed to developing, supporting, and promoting

open source. Oracle has been, and continues to be, committed to offering

choice, flexibility, and a lower cost of computing for end users. Oracle

has invested significant resources in developing, testing, optimizing and

supporting open source technologies such as Linux, PHP, Apache, Eclipse,

Berkeley DB, and InnoDB. Oracle continues to embrace and offer open source

solutions as a viable choice for development and deployment. More information

about Oracle’s support of open source can be found at

Will Oracle continue Sun’s virtualization strategy?

Yes, Oracle plans to continue Sun’s “desktop to datacenter virtualization”

strategy and integrate with Oracle’s virtualization products. By unifying

management across desktop virtualization, server virtualization, storage

virtualization, and network virtualization, Oracle and Sun provide

comprehensive, flexible, eco-efficient solutions to maximize utilization,

consolidate to reduce costs, increase productivity, and decrease management

complexity. We expect to continue Sun’s desktop virtualization products:

VDI, Secure Global Desktop, Sun Ray, and VirtualBox.

Delivering increased investment and innovation in Java

Oracle plans to accelerate investment in the Java platform for the

benefit of customers and the Java community. Java is one of the

computer industry’s best-known brands and the Java platform is

one of the industry’s most widely deployed technologies. Oracle has

been a leader in the Java community since the inception of the Java

programming language and already has the world’s largest investment

in the Java platform, which provides the foundation for its Oracle

Fusion Middleware products and its next-generation enterprise


Oracle plans to not only broaden and accelerate its own investment in the

Java platform, but also plans to increase the commitment to the community

that helps make Java an ubiquitous, innovative platform unified around

open standards.

So what do you think, is there still a reason to fear what will happen to these technologies after this deal closes?