Congratulation to MySQL and Sun!
And well done to all who were involved in making this deal, in particular, those I know personally: Marten, Monty, David, Zack and Kaj!
As I mentioned to Kaj, I am sure that MySQL has a very bright future under the wings of Sun. A deal for $1 billion made in 5 weeks can only mean both sides are extremely motivated to make it work.
I have just 3 concerns:
- I hope that the MySQL web-site will not disappear into the Sun web-site like the proverbial needle in a haystack! Sun's download page alone is as big as the MySQL web-site ;) I would like to see a mysql.sun.com, where we can find our way around easily.
- And the second is similar to the first but relates to the people. There is a massive difference between dealing with a company that has 400 employees, and one with 34000! I hope that this deal will not affect the access we have to the decision makers, the community support team and the developers.
- Thirdly, Sun wants to sell MySQL to enterprise customers, but I want to be involved in a database that is there for everyone. I am concerned that the non-paying customers, which is a large part of the community, may become neglected.