Wow, this is big news. Sun Microsystems, the company behind Java has agreed to purchase MySQL AB (developer of the MySQL open source database) for a mind-boggling US $1 billion.
Most open source web applications use (or has the option to use) MySQL databases. This post you’re reading is also stored on a MySQL database. If you’re using WordPress (like me), then your entire blog data is stored on a MySQL database as well.
So where does this leave MySQL’s CEO Marten Mickos? Well, here’s an interesting excerpt from the press release (emphasis mine):
Following completion of the proposed transaction, MySQL will be integrated into Sun’s Software, Sales and Service organizations and the company’s CEO, Marten Mickos, will be joining Sun’s senior executive leadership team. In the interim, a joint team with representatives from both companies will develop integration plans that build upon the technical, product and cultural synergies and the best business and product development practices of both companies. MySQL is headquartered in Cupertino, CA and Uppsala, Sweden and has 400 employees in 25 countries.
Personally, I think this is wonderful news for the open source community. I believe that Sun’s expertise and technical know-how would only help make MySQL better. What’s your take on this news? Guess there’ll be more espresso machines at MySQL HQ then.