CNET reports that Sun Microsystems is about to buy MySQL AB, developer of open source database management system MySQL, for 1 billion dollars: $800 million in cash for MySQL’s privately held stock and another $200 million in options.
Mashable also reports it.
MySQL is so popular on the LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP) structure. Tons of Open Source web-based software use MySQL.
The software I used, MovableType, PHPBB, WordPress, are also rely on the MySQL server.
The good news is Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz said that Sun will begin offering support services to customers of MySQL before the deal closes later this year.