By Mark Gharibian - Posted on January 16th, 2008
It's happened. This morning, Sun Microsystems announced plans to acquire MySQL AB. Reactions have been mixed, including excitement, pride, disbelief and satisfaction, but also anxiety.
Sun has been a leader in the open source community, just look at: Java, OpenSolaris, Open Office / Star Office, GlassFish app server, and the NetBeans IDE for starters. So, it can't be all bad that they've acquired MySQL, right?
The question stirring up some anxiety is: will MySQL’s support for other programming languages and operating systems now be given less attention due to Sun's vested interest in, and success with, Java and Solaris?
Here's the answer from Sun's blog:
What does all of this mean for the developer community? Hopefully just some added value to MySQL due to the immediate access to technical, marketing, OSS developer relations it will now have.