Sun to buy MySQL

Sun Microsystems CEO, Jonathan Schwartz, has just announced in his blog that Sun Microsystems is to acquire MySQL AB, the company behind the MySQL database which underlies all the web applications that I have ever developed.

All the “big boys” in the IT game (barring Microsoft, of course) have been moving down the Open Source route, but possibly none to the degree of Sun.

The enviable collection of OpenSolaris, OpenOffice, Java, NetBeans and GlassFish (I’ve probably missed others) will now be joined by my favourite database. I use all those products listed, apart from Glassfish. In Schwartz’s words:

…we’re putting a billion dollars behind the M in LAMP.

I think – or at least sincerely hope – that this is Very Good News.