Five insightfull thoughts on the Oracle-Sun Acquisition

by Sherif

Big news this week regarding the Oracle-Sun Acquisition. Its been interesting to see the wide range of opinions that have formed as part of this acquisition. Here are five thoughts from technology leaders and journalists that all have a lot to do with Sun, Oracle, MySQL or Java:

1. Matt Mullenweg, Founder of WordPress:
Blog post: Oracle and Opensource

“Today our servers are running various versions of MySQL, tomorrow they’ll be running the same thing, and if need be ten years from now they can run the exact some software. Because of the GPL every WordPress user in the world is protected — we’re not beholden to any one company, only to what works best for us. Today that’s MySQL, tomorrow that’s MySQL, a year from now we’ll see.”

2. Jeremy Zawodny, Ex-Yahoo MySQL Guru, Current employee of Craigslist:
Blog post: Oracle Buying Sun: Gets MySQL

“One one of the biggest threats to Oracle’s core database business (at the low end, at least) for a while now has been MySQL. And now they’re poised to own MySQL after Sun bought it not long ago.”
Also Read: The New MySQL Landscape

3. Erick Schonfeld, TechCruch:
Blog post: Oracle Wants To Be The Apple Of The Enterprise, But It Just Became IBM

“Like Apple, Oracle wants to take away complexity for its customers and bundle the entire IT stack neatly together so that it works without hassles and is optimized for Oracle’s software. With this deal, Ellison has come full circle from his early-1990s mantra of “best-of-breed” systems, which he abandoned long ago. Rather than look like Apple with its dedication to making the perfect product, Oracle just became IBM.”

4. Rod Johnson, Founder Spring Source:
Blog post: Oracle Adds New Exhibit to Java Technology Museum

“Oracle’s business strategy may be smart—acquiring distressed vendors and milking their revenue stream while cutting costs is certainly helping them post good numbers. But it’s not a strategy about innovation….Thus far, Oracle has neither enjoyed nor seemed to seek open source success, even as open source becomes more and more important. (Unbreakable Linux was quickly recognized by the market as a clumsy attempt to capitalize on the open source efforts of others.) Serious commitment to MySQL could change this. However, it also potentially competes with Oracle’s flagship database product. The same issue applies to GlassFish and WebLogic.”

5. Michael Widenius, Author of the original version of MySQL, founding member of the MySQL AB company:
Blog post: To be (free) or not to be (free)

“What could be Oracle’s plan with MySQL? Three different plans come to mind:

  • They are going to kill MySQL (either directly or by not developing/supporting it fully)
  • MySQL will get sold of to another entity, either because Oracle doesn’t want it or becasue of anti-trust laws.
  • They will embrace MySQL and Open Source and put their technical expertise on it to ensure that MySQL continues to be the most popular advanced Open Source database.
  • I am putting my hopes to the third option, but for succeeding in that Oracle has to also learn a lot about open source development and working with the community.”