$1 Billion is an awful lot for a piece of free software, how do you think Sun Microsystems intends to recover that cost and turn it into a profit? They do have investors to keep happy. I'm not sure this is a good sign after all. I know there are for purchase products and support at mySql, but still I can't see that being a $1 Billion dollar enterprise. For the most part the people I know and who deal with mySql only have the free database engine and administer it themselves, as we do here.
I have a bad feeling about this, someone alleviate my fears.
There is a LOT of money to be made in enterprise level support. Plus you have to consider the value this can add to other Sun products, now that they can freely integrate it with other products they have.
John Dvorak of MarketWatch reiterates my concerns: "The Sun-MySQL Deal Stinks". I think there is one important fact here that people are over looking and John touches on in his article - Sun and Oracle are best buds, and Oracle has tried in the past to buy out mySQL. I think he's right, mySQL will disappear. PostgreSQL anyone?
I've always been a big supporter of MySQL and personally believe it is a better database than SQL Server anyday! This purchase does give Sun a little leverage to compete with Oracle and Microsoft and I think that's a GREAT thing! Seeing MySQL is free and already has a huge following it's a great business move.
I've made good use of OpenOffice and expect they'll probably treat MySQL in a similar fashion. MySQL has been putting more effort lately into the enterprise version, so this probably will provide another boost for that particular fork of the product. I'd expect with all of the community support they've gotten over the last 5 years that they'll still provide a community version.
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