Sun Microsystems announced an agreement to acquire MySQL AB, the company behind MySQL database, one of the world's fastest growing open source databases. MySQL database is regarded as one of the core components of open source server infrastructure, the so-called Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP (LAMP) stack.

In a blog post where MySQL published its official announcement of the acquisition, the company expressed strong affinity for the Solaris operating system. MySQL community vice president Kaj Arno wrote:

"Solaris has a special position in the heart of MySQL, as it was the first platform under which MySQL was developed. Linux came second. Internally, code coverage tests were long performed just on Sun. And with the DTrace probes planned as part of 6.0, some types of optimization of MySQL applications are the easiest on Solaris."

"The combination of MySQL and Sun represents an enormous opportunity for users and organizations of all sizes seeking innovation, growth and choice," said Marten Mickos, CEO, MySQL. "Sun's culture and business model complements MySQL's own by sharing the same ideals that we have had since our foundation -- software freedom, online innovation and community and partner participation. We are tremendously excited to work with Sun and the millions of members of the MySQL open source ecosystem to continue to deliver the best database for powering the modern Web economy." (from Sun Press Releasses)

This has not come as a complete surprise. MySQL has previously turned down Oracle’s offer.

Sun's acquisition of MySQL broadly validates open-source database solutions as viable alternatives to proprietary commercial database products like those from Oracle and IBM.

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