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Dynamics in Open Source: Sun and MySQL

Posted by cwfrei on May 7, 2008 at 10:49 AM PDT

In his JavaOne keynote Rich Green (Executive VP Software) presented the acquisition of MySQL as a success story so far, demonstrated in the increased number of downloads.

Geeks are usually skeptical when they hear about an acquisition like this one. I also have to admit that I saw some industrial logic in it but also remained reserved owing to potential drawbacks.

The question of course is what caused that increase. Is it just the marketing push or has it something to do with the trust that a large company like Sun brings with it? I can't tell. However, for sure the MySQL guys have to be at Jazoon next year.

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