Sun Microsystems buys MySQL - Ninja

Sun Microsystems buys MySQL

Posted by Andrew Z at Wednesday, January 16, 2008 | Permalink

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Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ: JAVA) announced a deal to buy open source MySQL AB database company for $1 billion. A healthy, growing Sun Microsystems with more resources is good news for users. In 2000, Sun Microsystems donated the original code as open source and continues to be the largest investor of resources into development. Since then Sun Microsystems, a major competitor of Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), has also open sourced (most of) Solaris and Java.

Could there be more integration between MySQL and It would be nice:'s Base product has ample room for improvement, but can it be done and what good what it do? Michael Meeks points out the GPL vs. LGPL license problem. Licenses aside, the MySQL purchase is not a panacea for Base problems which are more user interface than storage. For example, Base lacks good import and export wizards. Also,'s main storage problem, a lack of concurrent access by multiple users (like Microsoft Access has), is related to its prized OpenDocument Format. How could MySQL help when it is designed differently? MySQL is designed for multiple users accessing the files through a single server process, but needs multiple users accessing a single file through multiple processes competing with the terrifying complexities of cross-platform file locking. Finally, already supports MySQL (and other databases) for back-end storage.

Right now, Sun Microsystems bundles Java with downloads. Would Sun bundle MySQL, a server product, with a desktop office suite under the brand of Professional? To compete with the simplicity of Microsoft Access, could ease database sharing over a network using MySQL and technology like Bonjour? Microsoft Access shares its data files through file access which is a surmountable problem for simultaneously sharing Calc workbooks?

For the short term, there will be no direct impact on other than continued development from its main benefactor Sun Microsystems. Congratulations and best wishes to both Sun and MySQL!