Notes from Disney World

Call it fate or karma (of course, I wouldn't) - or just a lot of hard work to make it all come together in a very short timeframe - but we were incredibly fortunate that MySQL kicked off their annual worldwide all-hands meeting on the same day as Sun's acquisition announcement. Florida's Disney World was the optimal travel location for the globally distributed workforce that is one of the fundamental tenets of the MySQL organization. Collectively we thought that having a group of Sun folks participate in their meeting and discuss why we're all so jazzed about our joint future would be a great idea.

So a number of us headed cross country late Tuesday – James, Ian, Eduardo, Bill, Karen and others checked in to the Magic Kingdom just prior to Jonathan's announcement.

Marten presented the news at the opening of the Wednesday event – coinciding with the public press release outlining the details of the arrangement. Jonathan, by satellite (we had another long-planned partner event in CA) spoke interactively with everyone and outlined our plans, our hopes and our dreams in bringing these two companies together. Together they made clear why I am absolutely certain that this will be a world-changing event and a win for both companies, our joint communities and our customers. And all of us at Sun are absolutely committed to that outcome. Absolutely. Of course, I'm required to say the acquisition hasn't closed yet and its completion is subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions...

Then it was my turn to give my perspective as the leader of Sun's software organization - which is soon to include the MySQL team, to be led and directed by Marten... with his role unchanged from his current purview and responsibilities... now part of the software leadership team... and also part of Sun's Executive Management Group.

I'll skip the details – because this was an 'in family' conversation. A new, expanded family. But family nonetheless. What I said can be summed up with these two slides:

MySQL and Sun Cultures

 

MySQL and Sun Customers

The two pictures speak volumes on why this is such a perfect match. Throughout the diligence process, in discussions that connected MySQL's team with many of the folks cited above, there were times when we each felt we were looking in a mirror. Our work style, open source models, community and contribution ideology, licensing priorities, business models, technical excellence, innovation focus, sales and service plans, have so much in common that it was almost eerie. But at the same time, the scale of our combined developer and customer base will be dramatically broadened. We'll more than double our customer list and multiply our opportunities.

For the community, in case you haven't noticed, our open source licensing plans center around the GPL V2 for now – as we've done with Java. Same as MySQL. Marten and I have each - independently - spoken publicly about our future interest in GPL V3. Match, match. There couldn't be a more powerful thing that aligns us. Now and in the future.

And for the skeptics who fear that Sun will change, dilute, dismantle, disrupt or otherwise make a mess of things here, clue in. We've changed. You've all seen it. Open source, partnerships, multi-platform, multi-microprocessor, multi-vendor, multi-OS. Same applies here.

We so get it – we are all totally aware of what happens when you kill the goose that lays the golden eggs. So we're going to keep this goose happy and healthy for a long, long time. Promise.

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