MySQL Joins Sun Today

As you have no doubt noticed by now, the Sun acquisition of MySQL completed today and MySQL is now a part of Sun Microsystems - Jonathan has a welcome letter. I actually knew Mårten Mikos, and David Axmark already from our shared activities campaigning against the European patent directive a while back, but over the last two months I have been reacquainted with them as well as meeting a huge number of MySQL staff. They are a great company with a strong engineering and community culture and I think they will be a great fit in Sun.

There's still a whole lot more work to do though. One important task is to introduce everyone at MySQL - staff, community and customers - to everyone at Sun, and a key part of that is the World Tour that's getting started - Kaj Arnö has more. You can also hear Barton George from the Sun Open Source group interviewing Mårten and Zack Urlocker.

Comments:

I know it's obvious and a given [ :-) ], but please just ensure that [L]AMP users are never affected negatively.

Posted by Roy Schestowitz on February 26, 2008 at 04:53 PM PST #

Absolutely. I hear the whole team falling over themselves to say that GNU/Linux is still the priority for MySQL.

Posted by Simon Phipps on February 26, 2008 at 07:43 PM PST #

Dear Simon: see that the nosoftwarepatents logo has disappeared from the MySQL site.
Also, I cannot reach anymore the MySQL policy on software patents. I think it would be wise to keep the policy against software patent so bravely defended by MySQL and make extensible to the rest of SUN products when applicable (like in Europe, where we still resist the heavy lobbying of some well-known companies which favor software patents, which hitherto are illegal in the EU)
You know very well that software patents are a major threat to FLOSS, and are being used by some companies in order to try and make de-facto illegal to re-distribute Free/Libre/Open Source Software, while at the same time tryin to disguise this movement in the form of "interoperability" or "IP protection". Software Patents are a costly overhead being imposed over the whole technology business (and the society at large) and they only contribute to stiffling innovation and keeping established monopolies, so I think a joint public compromise from the MySQL team and Sun Microsystems would be much beneficial for Sun and the broader FLOSS community on this important matter.
Best regard: David B (spain)

Posted by David B on March 01, 2008 at 02:39 AM PST #

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