Oracle has announced it is purchasing Sun Microsystems for just over $7 billion. The official word from Oracle is that the purchase gives it two key assets - Java and Solaris - but open sourcerers will understandably be more interested in MySQL and OpenOffice.org, two apps that form core parts of many free software installations.
Although MySQL and Oracle clearly occupy two very different spaces in the database industry, Oracle's ownership is likely to make many sysadmins uneasy about its long-term future - are we going to see increased closed-source extensions? Does Oracle have any interest in continuing the product at all?
The questions get even muddier when you start considering apps such as OpenOffice.org or VirtualBox, which lie squarely outside Oracle's core competencies and may prove of little interest to the company. Perhaps Novell's Go OO spin-off isn't looking quite so bad now, and equally we may see more MySQL forks like Drizzle that keep the database true to its roots.
What do you think - does this spell trouble for MySQL and a grim future for OOo and VirtualBox, could this takeover finally make Java the success it deserves to be, or is this just Oracle legitimately expanding further into the Linux space?
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