/. indicated that as of this moment, Redhat is worth more (higher market capitalization) than Sun. So I checked it out.
As of this writing, RHT has a market cap of $2.62B, with $0.76B cash on hand. This suggests that the company has a value exclusive of cash, of about $1.9B. Not bad for a company that doesn’t actually make the technology behind its core product offerings.
As of this writing, JAVA has a market cap of $2.65B, with $2.63B cash on hand. This suggests that the company has a value, exclusive of cash, of about $20M.
I remember being at SGI when our market cap went below our cash.
IMO this makes Sun a ripe takeover target. A cash-poor/stock-rich company could swoop in, take over, and get capital. Once the market cap dips below the cash, I would bet that the phones of board members would be ringing from prospective purchasers who need cash, and maybe some sales folks. If this does happen, I would expect that quite a few people/products would be kicked to the curb.