MySQL Reaction Summary - Very Positive

The reaction to Sun's Intended Acquisition of MySQL ( Jonathan's blog, Video) is very positive at the end of this first day. Some of the references are:


• Traditional Press - NetworkWorld, Forbes, Guardian, The Register, ComputerWorld, InformationWeek, NY Times, WSJ, PC World, CNet News and many more.

• Analysts and Bloggers - O'Reilly, Kaj, Simon, Dana Gardner, ReadWriteWeb, Open Source Solutions, Alex Fletcher, Rod Johnson and many more, including uncountable Entries @ BSC

• Discussions - TheServerSide ([1], [2], [3]), Slashdot,

I'll confess I'm slightly (but very pleasantly) surprised at the percentage of positive reactions this soon after the announcement. Also at the number of places where GlassFish is mentioned and how often the deal is compared favorably to Oracle's Acquisition of BEA.

On a personal note, I'm typing this from Orlando where MySQL has an all-employee meeting. Several of us flew here Tuesday evening for today's announcement and to talk with people. We had already met several individuals while preparing for the deal but this is a great opportunity to meet many more folks.

I'm enjoying the visit a lot; the cultures of the two companies are very compatible and yet we can learn a lot from each other. One area that MySQL does better is dealing with "isolated" employees; MySQL is geographically very distributed and there is not much a sense of "HQ" vs "non-HQ" - everybody is in a more equal footing than at Sun. I think the deal is going to work very well at many levels.

PS. At left is Sakila, the mascot of MySQL. She is a dolphin, not a fish :-)


Another comparison with Oracle/BEA :-)

Posted by Ashish Jain on January 17, 2008 at 05:35 AM PST #

Great post.

Posted by Kredyt on January 17, 2008 at 07:27 PM PST #

And it was very awesome to have you there in Orlando!

I'm pretty sure it will work out great, you are fun guys :)


Posted by Kay Röpke on January 21, 2008 at 04:09 AM PST #

We had a great time. I wish we had had more time for our Q&A, but we didn't want to intrude further into your scheduled meetings, and also Rich had to fly back for other meetings in the afternon. We wil have plenty of opportunities to talk after the deal closes.

- eduard/o

Posted by Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart on January 21, 2008 at 05:56 AM PST #

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