Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Oracle buys SUN, what next?

You people might have read this NEWS by now.
Oracle and SUN announced today that they have entered into a definitive mutual agreement, under which Oracle will acquire Sun common stock for $9.50 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $7.4 billion or $5.6 billion net of Sun’s cash and debt.

Yeah.. This move make sense under SUNs current situation, but what about the future of SUN?

I am kind of excited!, as well as confused or worried about the future. Here are my worries, which only time has to answer!
  1. What is going to happen to MySQL? Whether Oracle is going to kill it? :(

    I still wondering about the fate of MySQL. I still feel that, MySQL was better on its own, before it got itself acquired by SUN. Anyways, its too late now.

    Even though we have PostgreSQL, web development using LAMP incomplete without MySQL. :(

    I don't think Oracle will maintain two version of RDBMS, as it will only create confusion among its potential customers. Instead it may either kill MySQL or Merge MySQL with its RDBMS and create a single product.

    Either way, It's still OK I guess, Even If Oracle kills MySQL, as MySQL source code is available under GPL, somebody will fork it. This is what I like about GPL. :)

  2. What about the future of Btrfs and ZFS into Linux?

    You people may be knowing that, Oracle is currently developing a new generation file system named Btrfs (pronounced as ButterFS) for Linux. Now that Oracle has SUN, it can stop developing Btrfs and just make ZFS available under GPLv2. or at-least combine the part of ZFS into the Btrfs.

    Whatever the case, the future is more bright at-least in this case! :)

  3. What about the future of commercial Linux support?

    You people may be knowing that, Oracle is also into the service business, where it sells support to the Redhat Enterprise Linux under the name Orclae unbreakable Linux.

    What about its future? What about the existing customers? Now that the Oracle has to give support Solaris also, I guess Oracle will stop selling Linux support! or Who knows? It may stop selling Solaris, even though its highly unlikely to happen.

I guess, only time can answer these question. If you have any idea, please leave a comment..


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