CyberTech Rambler

January 21, 2008

An (unexpected) sigh of relief when SUN bought MySQL

Filed under: Uncategorized — ctrambler @ 10:40 am

When SUN bought MySQL, I was surprised. Not that the acquisition happens, but that I was relax about the buyer is SUN.

MySQL is ripe for acquisition. A company on the up and the shareholders (rightly) wants to cash in. The question is who will buy it. The problem with MySQL is that it has too much control of the open source database system it is both giving away as open source and selling a commercial version. In fact, a lot of MySQL value for open source will disappear if it is bought by someone who is not well versed with open source. It need not be the one from Redmond, something like Oracle will do the trick just as nicely.

Acquisition by SUN a few years ago would had sent alarm bells ringing for me. However, compared to his predecessor, Jonathan Schwartz seems to someone one can trust in handling open source. That is what surprised me. I had been viewing SUN with a bit of suspicion when it comes to open source since the McNealy days. However, the fact that I was relax with the MySQL acquisition shows that my view of SUN had changed unconsciously over the year(or is it years?). Something unexpected.

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