Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Jan 2008 14:34 UTC, submitted by BluenoseJake
Databases MySQL AB and Sun have announced that MySQL has been bought by Sun. "Sun Microsystems today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire MySQL AB, an open source icon and developer of one of the world's fastest growing open source databases for approximately USD 1 billion in total consideration. The acquisition accelerates Sun's position in enterprise IT to now include the USD 15 billion database market. Today's announcement reaffirms Sun's position as the leading provider of platforms for the Web economy and its role as the largest commercial open source contributor." More here.
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RE[2]: Hope this helps...
by Touvan on Wed 16th Jan 2008 16:25 UTC in reply to "RE: Hope this helps..."
Touvan
Member since:
2006-09-01

I don't know, I rather like(d) Azureus (don't get me started on Vuze), and think Eclipse works as expected on both Windows and Ubuntu (they feel native on both). Similar arguments are made about other cross platform GUI toolkits, like GTK (Pidgin - feels native on Windows and of course is native on Ubuntu), and some of Mono. I didn't even know that Banshee and F-Spot were running on Mono at first - both very nice apps - especially F-Spot.

Sun does need to figure out how to help their developers choose the appropriate tool kits though. These good apps do seem to be the exception rather than the rule.

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RE[3]: Hope this helps...
by pinky on Wed 16th Jan 2008 16:35 in reply to "RE[2]: Hope this helps..."
pinky Member since:
2005-07-15

>I didn't even know that Banshee and F-Spot were running on Mono at first - both very nice apps - especially F-Spot.

That's because they use Gtk#.
This is not a question about the platform/language but about the toolkit. If you would use java-gnome instead of the other java toolkits your java app would look native on GNOME too and the same is true for the Qt Java bindings and KDE.

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RE[3]: Hope this helps...
by CharAznable on Wed 16th Jan 2008 17:26 in reply to "RE[2]: Hope this helps..."
CharAznable Member since:
2005-07-06

That's because Azureus and Eclipse use SWT, which is the first Java toolkit that doesn't look like total ass. It's also rather nice to work with.

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RE[4]: Hope this helps...
by JeffS on Wed 16th Jan 2008 17:38 in reply to "RE[3]: Hope this helps..."
JeffS Member since:
2005-07-12

Swing looks nice these days, too. In fact, I'm now preferring Swing apps to SWT apps, in terms of look and feel and performance. Sun has made great strides in improving Swing appearance and performance over the last two Java SE releases.

But that's off topic.

I'm wondering how this acquisition is going to affect Sun's relationship with Oracle. Buying MySql puts Sun in direct competition with Oracle DB (at least at the lower end). And the Oracle/Solaris combo is a common and effective match.

Remember what happened after Red Hat acquired JBoss, putting Red Hat in direct competition with Oracle Fusion middleware (J2EE app server and tools)?

Oracle released it's own copy of Red Hat.

Larry is not a good choice to have as an enemy.

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