Why did Sun acquire MySQL?
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I don't think it's a bad move that Sun acquired MySQL. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is that two of the most popular development platforms are under one roof. I also wonder if Schwartz is going to change Sun's trading symbol to MySQL or something.
This acquisition proves that there is money in Open Source product development: sure, the code is "free," but you make up on the support--and there will be a lot of support packages sold.
Finally, Sun has gone from a hardware shop to an Open Source Microsoft wannabe shop. I can't help to think of the parallels:
Solaris - Windows
OpenOffice - MS Office
MySQL - MS SQL
Java - .Net
NetBeans - Visual Studio
JavaFX - MS SilverLight
All that we need to make the software industry more interesting is for Microsoft to stop charging for their software.
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