Sun Microsystems has plans to acquire MySQL for $1BN.
In a press release Sun says:
Sun announced an agreement to acquire MySQL AB, an open source icon and developer of one of the world's fastest growing open source databases. This acquisition accelerates Sun's position in enterprise IT to now include the $15 billion database market and reaffirms Sun's position as the leading provider of platforms for the Web economy and its role as the largest commercial open source contributor.
In an article at sys-con.com:
With millions of global deployments including Facebook, Google, Nokia, Baidu and China Mobile, MySQL will bring synergies to Sun that will change the landscape of the software industry by driving new adoption of MySQL's open source database in more traditional applications and enterprises. The integration with Sun will greatly extend the commercial appeal of MySQL's offerings and improve its value proposition with the addition of Sun's global services organization. MySQL will also gain new distribution through Sun's channels including its OEM relationships with Intel, IBM and Dell.
I am not too sure I like this deal to tell you the truth. I liked the idea that MySQL was out on their own and like many other open source projects, things were getting done. Any time something open source goes corporate, the level of development and service is no longer there.
If Sun can keep MySQL on the same track it is going and not try and alter it to be in line with everything they are doing with Java, then I am all for it. Please Sun, don't bungle this one up.
Martyr2's got a good point. I've seen a serious lag in development as soon as a once-great open source project gets eaten up by a corporate entity. Just look at Winamp when it got bought by AOL. They're still working on it, but they've clearly taken the project in a whole new direction (IMO a bad one). I also saw a Firefox extension that was practically abandoned once it one a few awards and recognition. It's like they lost their motivation.
As long as they don't toss that dog of Java interface that Oracle got when it went all "open standards".
I seriously can't think of a single thing that Sun can bring to the table. There really isn't anything that MySQL can't do that I need it to do that Sun could help with. Feature rich, well documented and mostly bug free. It would cost Sun a $1B to write a replacement, they are getting a bargain.
here really isn't anything that MySQL can't do that I need it to do
But it has a long way to go for others, because there are tons of features that it simply does not have, but to competitors do. It laos looks better in the Enterprise sector if it is backed by Sun. This is probably the best way to extend it's user base.