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    Sun just bought MySQL

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    First BIG NEWS of 2008.
    I never thought this would come so soon.

    Will it still be MySQL ???
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    What is the impact of using this database for free in the future?
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    Quote Originally Posted by apsivam View Post
    First BIG NEWS of 2008.
    I never thought this would come so soon.

    Will it still be MySQL ???
    SunSQL doesn't sound too bad

    Personally when I heard the $1bn, it seemed quite a lot... Funnily enough, it was only yesterday I was reading something somewhere that MySQL would likely be bought out this year. I wonder if someone had some insider knowledge

    Quote Originally Posted by ljprevo View Post
    What is the impact of using this database for free in the future?
    The stuff used on your cPanel etc... server is mainly (all?) open sourced, so someone would simply pick it up and continue with it if the worst was to happen. I see absolutely no reason to worry - Sun's been trying to court open source for ages (OpenSolaris, Java changes) so I can't see them buying it and then hacking away at it - they are trying to grow their open source credentials, and with the failure to attrack large mainstream attention to their other efforts, seem to have resorted to buying their way into the mainstream. Which is fine if their bank balance can stomache it
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    WOW, this is huge news, but I am ok with it, always liked Sun's ethics

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    Quote Originally Posted by infinityws View Post
    Thanks for the link

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    1 Billion. That's tons of cash
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    Sun is big on open source. What I believe will happen is Sun will invest a number of there technical staff into developing this product further.

    Sun just hopes companies will go to the experts for support contracts and maintenance.
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    This was on Slashdot earlier.

    A good comment that made sense was that Sun is already a partner with Oracle & PostgreSQL.

    With this in mind, they will most likely push licenses & support for Oracle, and if their client doesn't want (or require) Oracle, they will push MySQL / PostgreSQL.

    Edit: Looks like Jonathan said basically the same thing.

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    wow.. news indeed!

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    1 Billion. That's tons of cash
    When I think that Youtube went for $1.65 billion, $1 billion for MySQL somehow seems cheap to me.

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    I still don't see how they are going to make money out of it, most will still be using the community version of MySQL, maybe they have their ways, but Redhat does not seem to be too successful at getting users to pay for their OS. CentOS seemed to be getting a bigger slice of the OS market using Redhat open source.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boonchuan View Post
    I still don't see how they are going to make money out of it, most will still be using the community version of MySQL, maybe they have their ways, but Redhat does not seem to be too successful at getting users to pay for their OS. CentOS seemed to be getting a bigger slice of the OS market using Redhat open source.
    Companies like the one I work for buy Redhat with all the support they can get then never use the support and do all the troubleshooting in house. I bet there are a lot of big companies that do the same, that's where they make the money not on the little guys with a server or two.

    I bet you'll see a mysql 'pro' version with support that could compete with mssql.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ldcdc View Post
    When I think that Youtube went for $1.65 billion, $1 billion for MySQL somehow seems cheap to me.
    Yeah that's what I was thinking.

    I hope Sun keeps improving MySQL, it's nice to hear the big players are investing in open source.
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    hops i like this a lot good contract

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    Year 2008 seems to me full of surprises

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    good news...

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    Hope they don't screw it up.

    Otherwise, I don't see that it will make any difference.
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    I don't see this as a bad thing.

    MySQL really needed some investment (especially on the clustering side) to take it up to the enterprise level. Right now that's where Oracle, Postgres and MSSQL beat it hands down.

    I think Sun will do good things both for open source users, and users of the commercial version. Their track record for this kind of thing is very good.

    (And this be my 4,000th post!)

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    Remember 4 years ago when Sun's McNealy scoffed at the idea of open source or Linux even mattering? And they say political candidates flip-flop.

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    $1 billion for MySQL somehow seems cheap to me
    Especially if you consider the purchase of ireport.com by CNN for $750,000.00 which included nothing other than the domain name.

    Mind you, it's still a nice chunk of change.
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