- Sun shareholders acting to block the Oracle take-over.
- Violations of bribery laws
The second item though, is indeed troubling and could hurt Sun's position in the GSA program. Idealistically, business should not resort to such tactics. But that is not the way of the world. Recently news of the EU filing anti-competitive charges against Intel for paying manufacturers to not sell AMD processors demonstrates this clearly. Not to mention that Microsoft is having its own issues abroad as well. I've seen enough business deals change direction due to vendors using such tactics or discounting hardware to bargain-basement prices just to make the sale, but charge you an arm and a leg on support and licensing. The sad thing is that customers forget that they have choices and need to leverage that to not only get a good price, but to have a good business partnership based on trust. Hopefully those responsible for the bribery issues will be dealt with. Atleast Sun has been honest about this issue and is helping the authorities.