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Interview With "MySQL-Chief-Cum-Sun-Database-Head"

Posted by marinasum on March 26, 2008 at 10:34 AM PDT

I enjoyed reading a recent blog by Stefanie Olsen on CNET News on an interview with Marten Mickos, now head of Sun's database group subsequent to the acquisition of MySQL by Sun. The debate on the pros and cons of proprietary and open-source software continues to draw attention, in particular the business model of "giv[ing] away software and charg[ing] at the point of value."

According to Mickos, "open source is powerful because if a company has the right application, it can draw on the criticism and help of a passionate community." He also wholeheartedly supports the concept of a global workforce and points out that "not having offices and tapping into the best resources wherever they are" is the best way of organizing staff.