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Sun acquires MySQL January 17, 2008

Posted by Matsu in Information Technology, Open Source, Technology.

MySQL LogoWhoa! Is this press release for real? Did Sun Microsystems really buy the worlds most popular open source database company? Well, close enough.

They have announced an agreement that was struck to buy MySQL AB, the company that develops MySQL, for a cool $1 billion dollars, US.

This could be very interesting and possibly not all good. It reminds me a lot of Novell’s acquisition of Suse (and Suse Linux). That didn’t turn out too badly, but it did cause me to wonder what would happen to the many open source applications and Linux distribution made by Suse. So far, I don’t think Novell’s acquisition of Suse has negatively impacted the open source projects. Maybe that will also be true for Sun’s acquisition of MySQL.

To learn more, you can watch this video where the head of both companies talk about their plans and what it might mean for MySQL users.



1. David Pitts - January 18, 2008

I saw that the other day when it released. Any time I see something like this it makes me on pins-and-needles. I think you expressed it well when you said, “Whoa!”

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