On 26th Feb 08, Sun Microsystems acquired MySQL AB for USD$1 Billion. Sun Microsystems gave the world OpenOffice.org and kept for itself Star Office. Will this model be the same for MySQL? Going to Sun's website, MySQL can now be seen as one of its enterprise solution product. At MySQL, the logo of Sun can be seen in its banner (merged with MySQL logo).
Some question come to mind after reading all this news and Monty Widenius presentation.
- Will the developers of MySQL around the world continue with the main stream development?
- Will Sun create closed source extensions, like it does for the other Sun products?
- Will there be more value for the community in the acquisition?
- Can MySQL start accepting more outside contribution instead of relying on MySQL AB developers? Currently it is very limited on how users can contribute to the code base.