Will MySQL Keep Lighting up LAMP?

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For an executive who had just had his company bought for a cool billion a few months ago and was on the eve of announcing a major update to his business' flagship database program, former MySQL CEO Marten Mickos, now Sun Microsystems' senior vice president for databases, didn't look comfortable. Mickos had come to the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit at the University of Texas Super Computing Center to explain that MySQL was not about to abandon Linux. His audience, the movers and shakers of Linux business and development circles, were not overly impressed.

The pro-Linux crowd of 200-plus were worried that now, with Sun in charge of MySQL, Sun's focus would be on creating a SAMP (Solaris, Apache, MySQL, Perl/PHP/Python) software ecosystem instead of supporting the LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, Perl/PHP/Python) stack, which has enabled Linux to gain US$21 billion worth of traction in the server market.

There was nothing subtle about this concern. During his keynote address, Mickos was asked by an audience member if Sun/MySQL was still committing to keeping Linux as one of its prime operating systems. Mickos replied that Sun/MySQL was "still committed to Linux." After all, Mickos added, "If we aren't committed, then any one of you can take the MySQL code and fork it to make a new MySQL product, which I am sure you would do if Sun tried to convert LAMP to SAMP."

That quip was well received by the audience.

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