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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Will Sun fix the MySQL known scaling problems? FreeBSD dev guys have discovered them, and reported them to MySQL AB.
What this move means to PostgreSQL?

You might be interested in James Gosling and others stuttering, prevaricating, and otherwise saying nothing with many words, in this video presentation:

I particularly enjoy the relevant segment on terraforming Venus. (One can only assume that hair transplants figure into the unspoken significance of the transaction, somewhere.)

Looks like MYSQL AB's mixed license business plan paid off for the founders. It's like an echo from the dot bomb^Wcom days.

Edited 2008-01-17 21:14 UTC

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