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Old 01-16-2008, 11:17 AM   #1
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Sun acquires MySQL


Sun made a huge announcement today. They are acquiring MySQL AB, for roughly $1,000,000,000. From Jonathan:

But the biggest news of the day is… we’re putting a billion dollars behind the M in LAMP. If you’re an industry insider, you’ll know what that means - we’re acquiring MySQL AB, the company behind MySQL, the world’s most popular open source database.

http://jeremy.linuxquestions.org/200...cquires-mysql/

--jeremy
 
Old 01-21-2008, 01:13 PM   #2
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Should we just call it My$ql ? Use the Fork Luke
 
Old 01-22-2008, 10:24 PM   #3
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I certainly have mixed feelings about this. I'm not so sure Sun is the right choice. Red Hat? Novell? I just don't know... I guess we will have to see.

On the other hand, seeing Falcon come to the forefront in faster time will be nice. I'm excited to see it in action (in production environments).
 
Old 01-23-2008, 12:36 AM   #4
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So does it mean, we're gonna pay if we will acquire a complete package of mysql? I think this aint a right move for Sun.
 
Old 01-23-2008, 03:06 AM   #5
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Erk - what now ... MySQL in Java ???. Double-click and die.

Gawd forbid.
 
Old 01-24-2008, 05:26 AM   #6
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So does it mean, we're gonna pay if we will acquire a complete package of mysql?
You can pay if you choose to with the current MySQL AB double licensing model.I see no reason for this to evolve in a tighter way after the acquisition. Historically, the move have been just the opposite:
When Sun acquired Star Division, Star Office was both a closed source application and non free for commercial use. Open Office was later released by Sun as an open source project and a free for any use application.
Similar moves did happen/are happening for many other Sun software, both in-house development or resulting from acquisitions:
Unix SVR4.0 (Solaris), Java, most Netscape/Iplanet server products, Tomcat, Netbeans, Forté compilers, ZFS, Dtrace, ...
Even Sun hardware is following this movement (World's first Open Source CPU).
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I think this aint a right move for Sun.
Why ?
 
Old 01-24-2008, 10:41 AM   #7
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Sun ownership may not mean closed or costly

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So does it mean, we're gonna pay if we will acquire a complete package of mysql? I think this aint a right move for Sun.
Sun as a commercial hardware vendor has actually been a pretty good citizen in the Open Software world, even before they opened up Solaris and Java. For years, the specs for NFS, NIS, and even Java, have been freely available. Sun wanted control over Java as the brand, so they had their own controlled license for a long time, but they still have made downloads and access quite readily available.

Under Jonathan Schwartz Sun has made quite a transformation and they have become a believer in sharing development and testing of software with their customers. You can see it in OpenSolaris, you can see it in Java, and you can most certainly see it in MySQL, as well as Open Office, which Sun sponsored and opened up a long time ago.

I am not at all concerned that Sun wants to steer this ship, both on the free and commercial side. They want influence over as much of the LAMP stack as they can, and I see nothing wrong with that. To me, they are a far better citizen to deal with than the likes of Microsoft, and they have demonstrated more good faith to the open community than HP or IBM, though HP and IBM actually do quite a bit too.

Red Hat may have been a good choice, but I just don't know if their pockets are deep enough to handle it, and Novell is also a question mark for the same reason, otherwise they may have also been good potential candidates to own MySQL. As it is, I think Sun may well be the best choice. In any event, that's who we have. Let's give them a fair chance to run with this and see what they can do to grow and promote that M in the LAMP stack.
 
Old 01-25-2008, 03:31 AM   #8
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I doubt this will end up being a bad thing for the community and I think it can only help throw resources behing MySQL, in fact Sun's involvement might propel MySQL upwards to become a competitor to the enterprise databases like Oracle and MS SQL Server. On the other hand I'm not really sure how Sun will benefit from this, it's another market to get into - I'd have though they'd have been better off concentrating on the Server/OS side of the business.
 
Old 01-26-2008, 05:44 PM   #9
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as someone who has had experience with Sun, I feel this is a good move. mySQL would have a hard time getting into more than just webservers and small business without the help of a large company like Sun; IMO Sun is the best choice for this purchase, IBM is a close second, RedHat and Novell are just to immature at the moment to handle it. Lets hope that some of Sun's deep pockets met up with mySQL, as well as their support model, if this happens I expect to mySQL double its growth.
 
Old 01-27-2008, 11:41 AM   #10
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I can't see this being bad. Sun is acquiring MySQL from a support-business-model perspective. They can no more close off the code from us than it already is thanks to its licensing.

They can however "stop" working on it, but someone else can just as easily pick it back up.

But would they? And would it be as good?

Eh, PostgreSQL is better anyway.
 
Old 01-28-2008, 01:17 PM   #11
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Time to call it LAPP.

Linux, Apache, PostegreSQL, PHP.

 
Old 01-28-2008, 09:23 PM   #12
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Time to call it LAPP.

Linux, Apache, PostegreSQL, PHP.

I've been calling it LAPP for years. However, Perl > PHP in all regards. ;P
 
Old 01-28-2008, 09:35 PM   #13
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Wow, people have a lot of $$ to spend these days. I have just read that Qt has been taken over by Nokia. KDE users beware, it will now be NoKDE.
 
Old 02-10-2008, 02:42 PM   #14
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When I first heard this news, it came along with widespread speculation that "Oracle is thrilled".. which implies that Oracle sees their primary competing database technology as a lesser competitor in the hands of Sun.
 
  


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