I'm a long time user of Sun Microsystems and the products they made. I first had contact with Sun's products at university in 1990, but never really had the chance to work with them until 2004. Then I got a Sun machine, a blade 100, at home, and I was able to download Solaris 10 and install and use it. I could see how it worked, learned about it, and began telling my employer, and IBM stronghold, how great it was and what I could do with Sun and Solaris.
I got ridiculed, jokes made at me, but I perservered. I was able to convince them to take two Sun V440 servers to replace their failing web server. The success was huge, stability and availability of the web service under Solaris and my administration really got noticed. Despite the success, I still had to suffer massive amounts of jokes about Sun, Solaris, and their products, and anything that spoke out against the holy IBM was of the devil, especially me and the servers I administered. Still, I perservered, and I showed them what was possible. Through my dedication, my withstanding the jokes and straight out attacks against me and Sun/Solaris, and the ability and experience from trying things out on my expanding personal Sun server infrastructure at home, I convinced them to buy in total 28 Sun servers. The success with those was huge too, they worked and were reliable.
At home I had a growing collection of Sun hardware, small used machines (V100's, V210's, Blade 2500's, S1 storage array) with Solais 10, and I was very happy with them. I was able to get the OS, and the critical patches to keep my personal systems happy, it worked as I wanted it.
Now Oracle bought Sun, and promptly changed all the access rules. Suddenly I need a support contract to run my Sun's and Solaris at home. Suddenly I need a support contract to get firmware updates. Suddenly I need a support contract to get access to information, and all the things I previously had free access to, the things which let me show my employer what great products Sun has and what they could do for them.
My employer bought 28 Sun Microsystems servers because of me. Sun was very grateful for what I did, and they showed it. They helped me get a cluster course when my employer didn't want to give me one, they gave small presents like Sun coffee cups, simple "thank you"'s from our Sun rep. and support with information that helped me a lot. I felt good with Sun, I was happy with them, really happy!
How does Oracle thank me? By shutting me out of everything, no information, no updates, no access to anything. If I want something then I have to cough up lots of money. They have completely left me out in the cold with my hardware investments at home. In short, Oracle doesn't care about me, unless I have a fat bank account that is.
Oracle has betrayed me badly. They've betrayed loyal Sun customers. They've betrayed the people who supported Sun through thick and thin.
They're insulting us every step of the way. I'm sure more will come too. Oracles handling of us is a good way to make sure my employer won't buy anything more from them in the future, and migrate away from Solaris to other solutions. They have already made the right moves to make me and others I know recommend against Sun and Oracle solutions, and every change they make reinforces this decision. Oracle wont wake up to the damage they're doing until it's too late, far too late...