Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sun-Set in Computer World





sun.com was the official website of the Sun Micro System which was
founded in 1982.

Sun had good market share for Computer Servers and Work Station.

Platform independent Java from Sun was very popular with slogan "Write once, run anywhere"

And, Sun had made significant contribution to the open source world.

Recently Oracle acquired Sun Micro System.

The worst thing is, if we type www.sun.com it will be automatically redirected to oracle.com. i-e Sun website was removed immediately after completing the acquisition, even when the Sun Micro-systems existed several decades.

We can not see such a behavior anywhere else.

HP acquired compaq around 10 years back. But still compaq website exists.
Similarly blogger.com, orkut.com and youtube.com are available as it is even when Google acquired them.

Since Sun had acquired the open source database MySql, now MySql is in hands of Oracle Corporation.

Oracle has committed that it will develop and enhance MySql.

But I think that MySql can not expect any good will from Oracle which is not willing to even keep the website of Sun Micro-systems.

Sun's former CEO Jonathan sent the below tweet as his resignation message in his twitter account @OpenJonathan

Today's my last day at Sun. I'll miss it. Seems only fitting to end on a #haiku. Financial crisis/Stalled too many customers/CEO no more

So, Financial crisis made the Sun CEO no more, Oracle made the Sun website no more.
Let us see what will happen to MySql which is the world's most popular open source database for the Web.

What do you think about future of MySql?
Do you think Oracle corporation's expertise in database systems will help to improve MySql?
Or, Oracle corporation will suppress MySql by considering MySql as competitor for its own Oracle Database irrespective of its commitment made to European Commission? Is it possible for European Commission to take any Solid action against Oracle Corporation if it try to suppress/destroy MySql?
Is it really possible for Oracle to make MySql disappear? (because I assume that someone else can continue the development of mysql as it is open-sourced, Is my understanding correct?)

You can share your thoughts thro' comments.

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