Congratulations to all my friends at MySQL. This weeks acquisition by Sun Microsystems has once again validated the high value of open source as competitive strategy. In the financial markets we ended 2007 with SCO quietly being delisted from NASDAQ on December 27th and started the year just two weeks later with a Billion dollar acquisition of an open source software company. There is a lesson to be learned there.
Many people have asked me how this relates to the “L” in LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL PHP). Not only does good business dictate that MySQL will continue to run great on Linux, but the open source license ensures it. This is good for everyone and represents the real value of business that are built on open source software.