[nycbug-talk] Sun Acquires MySQL

Pete Wright pete at nomadlogic.org
Thu Jan 17 13:59:11 EST 2008

On Thu, Jan 17, 2008 at 09:31:48AM -0500, George Rosamond wrote:
> Bob Ippolito wrote:
> > On Jan 16, 2008 9:34 PM, Francisco Reyes <lists at stringsutils.com> wrote:
> >> George Rosamond writes:
> >>
> >>> http://blogs.mysql.com/kaj/sun-acquires-mysql.html/
> >>
> >>> What does the acquisition of MySQL by Sun mean for MySQL users?
> >>> Given Sun's proven track record as the largest contributor to Open Source,
> >> Maybe my job doesn't give me time to read as many news as I used to... but
> >> has Sun really contributed that much to open sourse?
> >>
> >> Digging around I see: OpenOffice, OpenSolaris and open Java
> >> http://blogs.zdnet.com/open-source/?p=1889
> > 
> > Well there's OpenSolaris, or at least parts of it such as ZFS and
> > dtrace. They've also put out press releases about PostgreSQL, though I
> > don't know what their actual contribution was... probably just Solaris
> > related hardware and performance work. Java is a big deal, though it
> > would've been a lot better for everyone had they opened it a couple
> > years ago.
> There's been lots on this on the NYPHP talk list.
> I need to read the Sun site a bit more thoroughly about their licensing, 
> particularly with OpenSolaris, before I'd call it open source though. 
> Most references note that their open source licensing isn't exactly that.

sure it is :)  seriously though, i've doing some development work on
solaris and open-solaris lately and i've noticed a couple things that i
find positive.  i think it's great that there are sun engineers as well
as other developers on the @opensolaris mailing lists.  while it is
definatly not the same development model as *BSD or the linux kernel,
i'll take it as a step in the right direction.  it's nice to be able to
follow specific bugs pop up and see that engineers are working on them
with out you having to purchase a support contract etc...

> What is clear, however, is that if the traditional database stack is 
> often Oracle on Solaris, what does this mean. . . database-lite stack of 
>   MySQL on OpenSolaris?
or DB appliances?  hey maybe the network *is* the computer ;)


yea that shocked me too...

> Pretty amazing to see a technology acquisition like this in the midst of 
> the stock indices plummeting, the credit crunch mess and housing collapse.
yea in one day not only does sun aquire MySQL but ORA aquires


Peter Wright
pete at nomadlogic.org

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