In Pictures: The 10 greatest betrayals in high tech

Tech-minded backstabbers abound. Don't get caught this Ides of March with your back turned to the wrong vendor, partner, or customer

Tech betrayal No. 7: There goes the Sun

For Sun Microsystems fans, being acquired by Oracle in April 2009 was like Luke, Hans, and Chewbacca being acquired by the Darth Vader. Sun was the champion of open source projects like Java, MySQL, and Open Office. Oracle was the home to the dark lord of proprietary software, Larry Ellison. Oracle immediately sued Google over Java patents (and largely lost -- the case is now on appeal). By September 2010, most OpenOffice developers had abandoned the project in favor of an Oracle-free version called LibreOffice. Last November, the original author of MySQL, Michael Widenius, accused the database giant of trying to smother his open source baby. When you're dealing with the Galactic Empire, that's called business as usual.

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