Sun buys the M in LAMP

Sun Microsystem just bought MySQL AB, the company that services MySQL. Reading it this morning sent chills down my spine: is this the end of MySQL?

Though two positive thoughts help settle me down: 1. MySQL is under GPL license, which means that if Sun does anything too funny, the open source devs will fork it and Sun is left without the support of the community, probably devalues the whole thing. 2. Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun, seems to get it as he was quoted as saying:

CTO’s at startups and web companies disallow the usage of products that aren’t free and open source. They need and want access to source code to enable optimization and rapid problem resolution (although they’re happy to pay for support if they see value). Alternatively, more traditional CIO’s disallow the usage of products that aren’t backed by commercial support relationships – they’re more comfortable relying on vendors like Sun to manage global, mission critical infrastructure.

So maybe this isn’t so bad afterall.


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