Talk about a shock. Well, to me anyway. This morning I open up Firefox and my Netvibes page loads my little TechMeMe module and I see “Sun to Acquire MySQL“, naturally I almost fall out of my chair. I click the link and there are a ton of articles on the subject, including one from Sun’s own Jonathan Schwartz (CEO) entitled, Helping Dophins Fly.
Sun acquiring MySQL is big deal for many reasons, but the biggest reason probably has to do with the fact that this brings global support to the database engine. MySQL, is hands down one of the most popular open source database engines on the market today. Some of the most popular websites in the world are based on it (Google & Facebook comes to mind). This acquisition is just what MySQL needed to goto the next level. I for one am glad to see this happen because it gives that extra bit credibility to the software that some executives needed in order to be able to place their faith in it. I can remember being told by a previous boss that we could not use MySQL on a project because his boss’s boss (uber-boss) was told by his IT people that “open source software lacked support and was open to terrorist attacks” (yes, this was during that whole open source FUD thing 4-5 years ago). But I guess that the support issues is going to be a non-issue here real soon.
I wonder what we can expect Sun to do after the papers are signed and the deals finalized. I wonder how work on MySQL will change. Will it stay open source? Will it be harder or easier to submit patches? Will development cycles change? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.