Sun Buys MySQL for 1 BILLION Dollars!
Wow! MySQL is free to download and use… but Sun is paying for the company BIG TIME!
Sun to spend $1B to acquire MySQL, will compete with Oracle, Microsoft
“One of the principal products in the LAMP open source arsenal will become a Sun Microsystems product, possibly by the end of this quarter. When discussing enterprise database installations worldwide, as of today, it will be impossible not to consider Sun Microsystems along with Microsoft and Oracle. This morning, Sun announced it has reached an agreement with MySQL — which by some accounts may have become the producer of the most widely installed database, under everyone’s noses — in a deal expected to be closed as soon as this March. ‘Until now, no platform vendor has assembled all the core elements of a completely open source operating system for the Internet,’ Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz wrote for this blog this morning. ‘No company has been able to deliver a comprehensive alternative to the leading proprietary OS. With this acquisition, we will have done just that: positioned Sun at the center of the Web, as the definitive provider of high performance platforms for the Web economy.'”
I’ve spent the better part of the past two years learning MySQL — I sure hope this isn’t the death knell for the “open” part of this open source software.
I suspect that Sun will keep it Open Source. They have Open Sourced Java and Solaris, so I think they have “come around” to the benefits!