Sun bought MySQL. It's all open source circles can talk about. For three days now we've seen different sides of the same story.
On Wednesday, came the news that Sun Microsystems had acquired the open source database company for $1 billion. With that, the speculation that MySQL would soon go public came to an end. Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz promised increased global support for MySQL, as well as optimization "on every vendor's hardware platforms" and all major operating systems.
Thursday, analysts from all over were offering their two cents' worth on the deal. Some saw no problem with it, and said it would benefit Sun and MySQL. Others cautioned Sun not to "force everyone to use Solaris." If the company does so, they said, "Sun will gain a great deal of ill will ... and probably lose customers."
So I went straight to the source. In an interview with IT Business Edge, Sun's chief OS platform strategist, Ian Murdock, said:
Sun is committed to enhancing and optimizing the LAMP stack on Linux and Microsoft Windows along with OpenSolaris and Mac OS X ... The integration of MySQL's renowned open source database software and Sun's global services capabilities and highly complementary product line will deliver a powerful new end-to-end systems offering tailor made solutions for innovative companies focused on leveraging the power of the network and driving the enterprise and Web 2.0 economies.
See our full interview: Sun's Take on MySQL.