Sun to fork out $1 billion for open-source firm MySQL

Sun Microsystems will plunk down $1 billion to buy MySQL, the maker of a popular open-source database. Sun said Wednesday that it will pay about $800 million in cash for MySQL's privately held stock and will assume about $200 million worth of options. MySQL CEO Marten Mickos will join Sun's senior executive team after the transaction closes. The acquisition is a bold move for Sun, which has embraced open-source software and development practices in an effort to garner more revenue from its software business.

Until now, it has sold support services for a competing open-source database, PostgreSQL. MySQL is one of the most successful open-source companies founded in the past five years. It's part of the popular combination of open-source development products referred to as LAMP, for Linux Apache Web server, MySQL and the PHP development language, which is broadly used on the Internet and within companies.

Mickos had previously said that the company intends to go public rather than be acquired. Its business model is to give away the source code and its database for free and to charge customers an ongoing subscription fee for support and services.

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is it just me or everyone that feels sun is becoming another symantec; buying out good products and then sit on its arse! oracle does the same, but somehow the bought-out product stays the same and not become worse unlike what symantec does.

It looks like Sun is aiming to take back some of the enterprise market that it lost to the .Net/SQL Server technologies. IMO they'll need to do more than integrate a (kick-ass) database with glassfish to do that...

if the old MySQL update system comes back, I'm happy :)
Not updated MySQL in ages because they decided to screw it and the website up

OpenOffice doesn't needs Java, except in some components. I really don't know how you could javatise(?) a database system.
This is probably going to be useful for extend enterprise Java, other than that... your call.

I'm not sure but I don't believe that mySQL has a built in coding/scripting system like the more established and advanced Database systems do. such as PL/SQL for Oracle.

I don't see anything bad about Sun adding Java fucntionality to mySQL similar to PL/SQL. JSQL or something perhaps :)

Ugh. What a shame. Discussion on Front Page lasts only a few days before the thread is lost. It is the forums where meaningful discussions take place.

Neowin has never had a clear and consistent policy for FPN/BPN threads. Generally (but there are exceptions) if BPN is posted first, it is left open. Or if FPN is posted first, but BPN has a lively discussion, BPN is left open for discussion.

Oh well.

tiagosilva29 said,

It shouldn't be locked.

There's no need to have the same news twice, and since this has been posted first the forum thread has been closed.

EL1TE said,

There's no need to have the same news twice, and since this has been posted first the forum thread has been closed.

That's not how things work here...

tiagosilva29 said,
That's not how things work here...

And where did you read that? Actually if the news posted on the BPN are older and/or posted after the Main Page ones they are closed, doesn't matter if it's about Tech, Software, games, etc

Can you please go on-topic? I'll unlock the thread only by the request of the author of it.

tiagosilva29 said,
That's not how things work here...
yeah, that is kinda how it has worked. Sort of.

Like I posted before, it has just never been clear or consistent.

EL1TE said,

Actually if the news posted on the BPN are older and/or posted after the Main Page ones they are closed, doesn't matter if it's about Tech, Software, games, etc

Erm... no, they don't. Unless you're trying to start a new fad; read what Mark said. Open discussion in a proper thread is important. I never saw threads getting blocked until now.

tiagosilva29 said,
Erm... no, they don't. Unless you're trying to start a new fad; read what Mark said. Open discussion in a proper thread is important. I never saw threads getting blocked until now.
Yes, it does happen, and has happened like this for many years.

I support EL1TE's right to close threads. Even if I disagree with it (strongly).

Done deal.

EL1TE, there isn't anything necessarily incorrect about locking that thread. You have done what has been done before. But it has also not been done before, and that is where there is a problem with consistency.

I think that back when I was on staff that it was discussed making FPN really just a regular forum thread, but just also specially displayed on the front page. This would allow it to be searched and found in the forums, like normal threads; be alive for as long as the material warrants, like normal threads; and be moderated by all staff, like normal threads.

This hasn't happened in many years, and likely takes quite a bit of coding (and testing!), so not sure if it will ever come to fruition.

I think that tiagosilva is of the same mind as me, supporting BPN discussion due to its longevity. I am glad that you didn't seem be taking it as a personal critique.

markjensen said,
EL1TE, there isn't anything necessarily incorrect about locking that thread. You have done what has been done before. But it has also not been done before, and that is where there is a problem with consistency.

I think that back when I was on staff that it was discussed making FPN really just a regular forum thread, but just also specially displayed on the front page. This would allow it to be searched and found in the forums, like normal threads; be alive for as long as the material warrants, like normal threads; and be moderated by all staff, like normal threads.

This hasn't happened in many years, and likely takes quite a bit of coding (and testing!), so not sure if it will ever come to fruition.

I think that tiagosilva is of the same mind as me, supporting BPN discussion due to its longevity. I am glad that you didn't seem be taking it as a personal critique. :)


The problem is that i've did what the other News Poster did, since i was following it because it maybe was a rule, and in fact is, but actually there's no need to lock it because of the longevity of the forum threads (like you said).

Of course i didn't take as a personal critique, actually critics can be used to make things better!

Nothing personal man, but it's rarely followed, because BPN is the place for discussion.

(Agora um bocadinho em português, para desenferrujar: essa regra não é bem regra... raramente é usada. Não estamos falar de uma pequeno update de software, é algo forte e que pode reproduzir efeitos pesados a nível empresarial.
Na BPN tens [normalmente] uma conversa coesa sobre o assunto. Aqui é trolhada a forte e feio, porque são exibicionistas, e o mundo inteiro está a ler o que escreves na FPN, ou quase! Por isso é que existe quase sempre uma ligação para discussão na BPN... Não é mesmo nada pessoal.)

tiagosilva29 said,
Nothing personal man, but it's rarely followed, because BPN is the place for discussion.

(Agora um bocadinho em português, para desenferrujar: essa regra não é bem regra... raramente é usada. Não estamos falar de uma pequeno update de software, é algo forte e que pode reproduzir efeitos pesados a nível empresarial.
Na BPN tens [normalmente] uma conversa coesa sobre o assunto. Aqui é trolhada a forte e feio, porque são exibicionistas, e o mundo inteiro está a ler o que escreves na FPN, ou quase! Por isso é que existe quase sempre uma ligação para discussão na BPN... Não é mesmo nada pessoal.)


lol, sim é verdade, e como disse não volta a acontecer, a não ser que já tenha sido postado nas BPN.

lol, yes it's true, and as i said it won't happen again, unless it has already been posted on the BPN.

:)

It is free to use commercially, it just doesn't have support with it. Just to be sure we're on the same page, you are talking about a business using MySQL, right?

Hurmoth said,
That's OEM licensing, not business licensing.

"OEMs, ISVs, and VARs who distribute MySQL with their products, and are not licensing and distributing their source code under the GPL..."


Whats the difference? They all make money using MySQL by selling their products.

night_stalker_z said,
Whats the difference? They all make money using MySQL by selling their products.
There's big difference between someone reselling MySQL with a product and offering it for free. Anyone can download MySQL and use it for free. This is about reselling MySQL with a businesses product (i.e. the difference between openSuSE and Novell Open Enterprise Server (OES)).

My company uses MySQL for internal use, but we use the free version. If my company were to make a software package that included MySQL and sold it, then that's a different story.

Hurmoth said,
There's big difference between someone reselling MySQL with a product and offering it for free. Anyone can download MySQL and use it for free. This is about reselling MySQL with a businesses product (i.e. the difference between openSuSE and Novell Open Enterprise Server (OES)).

My company uses MySQL for internal use, but we use the free version. If my company were to make a software package that included MySQL and sold it, then that's a different story.


That makes sense now.