Sun pushing MySQL away from Linux
Posted Apr 19, 2008 18:01 UTC (Sat) by shane
Parent article: Notes from the Collaboration Summit
Marten Mickos, once CEO of MySQL and now a vice president at Sun Microsystems, gave a talk which was intended to make listeners feel good about Sun and its plans for free software. It bothers him, he says, when people ask whether MySQL will remain committed to Linux; it strikes him as a demonstration of uncertainty about the future of Linux in general. That uncertainty is unnecessary; Linux's future is strong, regardless of what MySQL does. But MySQL (and Sun) do remain committed to Linux as a platform; the era of monolithic computing platforms is over, and companies have to support customers who will make their own choices at each level in the stack. So LAMP as an "architecture of participation" will remain supported by Sun well into the future.
I think the concern is more that Sun will make Linux support 2nd-class, thereby allowing the MySQL support staff to say, "well, yes, this problem is resolved on Solaris, but unfortunately no fix is available for Linux, but I hear the kernel developers are discussing one". At which point people move to Solaris. At which point you may as well buy Sun hardware...
Personally I'm not worried about it, since using Solaris is a frustrating experience, even after you've added the GNU tools to make it bearable. :)
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