Rumors have it that JBoss, the open-source Java middleware company, will be acquired. One extremely speculative piece wondered aloud whether Oracle might be the acquirer.
Given Oracle's preoccupation with getting its own Java-based Fusion middleware to run with its different application suites, buying more Java middleware might not make much sense. On the other hand, a partnership between the two firms to better link their respective products could be a sensible move. After all, JBoss and Microsoft tied the knot last year .
The acquisition of a relatively small open-source outfit by large, entrenched vendors has some precedents: IBM bought open-source Java middleware company Gluecode despite having its own proprietary middleware business, and