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Blogs on Sun's new stock ticker

Todays news that Sun's stock ticker will change from SUNW to JAVA was met with pretty mixed reactions both inside and outside of Sun. On the day of the announcement, the more than 170 comments on Jonathan Schwartz's blog announcement were mostly negative and though there are some positive reactions in the interblogonet, they come mostly from Sun employees.

Below are the posts that I've seen in my feed reader so far.

For (or seeing the positive) Against (or seeing the negative side) Unclear (don't state a strong opinion either way)

What do I think? I'm not sure what I think of the change. The ticker SUNW was out of date because "workstations" are so 80s man, so it's a good thing to update it. And Java ISVs like BlogBridge should like the vote of confidence in Java. On the negative side, it's easy to search for SUNW to get Sun news and that won't work as well with the new ticker. And Java's not all Sun does. One more point. I'm not sure most folks really care what the ticker name is. If they did, don't you think Sun would have changed it years ago?

By the way. I didn't mean the hit the post button on this entry so soon, but it's out there now so I might as well let it stand. I'll update over the next day or two as reactions roll in.

UPDATE: Ed Burnette has a positive, neutral, negative and funny breakdown of his 25 favorite comments from Jonathan's blog post. He says that "Stockholders and employees are among the most vocal critics." of the change.


[Trackback] When I first read The Rise of JAVA - The Retirement of SUNW , I didn't think much of it. I believe I read it on some sort of news website, so I didn't realize folks would be so passionate about it. Reading the comments on Jonathan's blog is quite en...

Posted by Raible Designs on August 24, 2007 at 02:19 PM EDT #

s/Don/Dan/ :)

Posted by Dan Lacher on August 24, 2007 at 05:16 PM EDT #

s/Glenn/Glynn :)

Posted by Glynn Foster on August 26, 2007 at 04:02 AM EDT #

Thanks for the corrections guys. That's what I get for not copy-and-pasteing.

Posted by Dave Johnson on August 26, 2007 at 08:09 PM EDT #

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