Sun to Aquire MySQL Company

Sun Microsystems said on Wednesday that it will pay $1 billion to buy MySQL, the provider of a popular open-source database.

In case you’re not a Web Developer (because if you are you are certainly at least familiar w/ mySQL), MySQL is thew most common open-source databases out there. It’s the database behind most custom web applications and many of the open-source web applications out there like Joomla, Drupal, almost every blogging system (wordpress, etc.), php-Nuke and many many others.

MySQL CEO Marten Mickos had previously said that the company intends to go public rather than be acquired. Its business model is to give away the source code and its database for free, and to charge customers an ongoing subscription fee for support and services.

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