Maybe Ballmer should throw in another plane for Larry to go along with his MIG-29 Fulcrum fighter while he's at it.
3) MeeGo: MeeGo, the Intel-Nokia open-source Linux for devices, doesn't have the cash to give Larry Ellison a big present, but this group owes him one too. I think that MeeGo, which uses the traditional Linux desktop development tools instead of Android's Java-based interface, now, has a real chance to get some of the smartphone market. Before Oracle's lawsuit, the best I'd hoped for MeeGo, given Android's popularity in smartphones, was to carve out its own niche. I thought it might do well, for example, with car entertainment and navigation systems. Now, I think it has a real shot in phones as well.
4) Patent Litigators: Some people have said that Oracle is acting like a patent troll. I disagree. Patent trolls sit on patents and wait for someone to mistakenly spend money building something from a forgotten idea and then jump on them to rip them off for millions. Oracle makes billions by actually creating software; it's just that the company would like to make a few hundreds of millions by jabbing Google in their soft IP (intellectual property) belly as well.
Welcome to business in 2010. Thanks to the Supreme Court's supremely bad decision in the Bilski case, we're going to be stuck for at least another decade with a deformed patent system. If we're lucky, the major industry powers aren't going to start patent wars with each other and Oracle vs. Google will be an isolated case. If not, and I fear this will be the case, we're going to see lots of patent cases. This will result in far less innovation in all technical fields, higher prices for all technologies, and, oh yes, richer patent attorneys.
5) Proprietary Software: Last, but not least, open-source software in general is taking it on the chin. Patent worries tend to freeze all development, but until now, despite Microsoft's best patent saber rattling, these claims haven't mattered much in open-source circles.