There’s buzz going around that IBM is in talks to buy Sun. Brian Aker, Director of Technology for MySQL at Sun, gives some insights into what he thinks will happen if this deal goes through. Many have concerns that there’s a huge culture clash and IBM will just gobble up all the great things MySQL and Sun have produced.
All valid concerns. However, if IBM can maintain the developer community relationship that Sun and MySQL have built I think developers may have a lot to look forward to. Especially, government contractors.
First thing that popped into my mind when I read this was
Sweet! No more heavy-weight Oracle development. The government will allow devs to use MySQL now!
After all, it’s backed by Big Blue.
And nobody ever got fired for choosing IBM.
Installing Oracle on a laptop still gives me nightmares. *shudders*