Here's an weblog from the O'Reilly Network that speculates why a Sun-Apple alliance or merger makes sense: http://www.oreillynet.com/cs/weblog/view/wlg/2631 Anyhow, the author argues how both companies are facing a common foe (you know who), and how each company can complement each other's strengths. The author's arguement, for the most part, makes sense, but it is pure speculation. Missing from his discussion is how such a merger would actually work, how it would be consumated, and how much financial value (if any) would be created. Personally, I think the technology industry is facing an unstoppable wave of consolidation due to lackluster demand stemming from a weak economy. More fundamentally, companies are no longer in the mood to pay top dollar for techology and have embraced free software as The Next Big Thing. Also, the emergence of free software like Linux has basically decimated Sun's business. Apple and Sun would be foolish not to at least work together to ensure that the computing world will not be dominated by Microsoft and its allies Intel and Dell.