...by Sun, for $1 billion. Bummer. I shudder whenever I see companies at the forefront of Open Source being gobbled up by giants such as Sun. I still don't know what Sun's Open Source strategy is -- they've been going back and forth with their support for Linux, and they seem to be pushing Open Solaris pretty heavily these days, although I personally don't know anybody in the OSS community who is using Open Solaris. UPDATE: Tim O'Reilly thinks this is a great fit for both Sun and MySQL, and says that "Sun has staked its future on open source, releasing its formerly proprietary crown jewels, including Solaris, Java, and the Ultra-Sparc processor design." Hmmm...maybe, but Sun has always struck me as being bent on world domination, just as bad as Microsoft.
Update 01/18/08: Here's a really good recap on the MySQL acquisition at InfoQ. Most people express a warm fuzzy feeling about this whole thing. I hope my apprehensions are unfounded.
In other acquisition-related news, Oracle agreed to buy BEA (the makers of WebLogic) for a paltry $7.85 billion.