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Jonathan Schwartz has the last word on MySQLMatthew Aslett, April 28, 2008 @ 12:00 pm ET
It is perhaps fitting that the last word on the recent MySQL licensing row should belong to Sun’s CEO, Jonathan Schwartz. In a twitter Q&A with Web 2.0 Expo attendees, courtesy of Tim O’Reilly, he states that:
“we have no plans whatever of ‘hiding the ball,’ of keeping any technology from the community. Everything Sun delivers will be freely available, via a free and open license (either GPL, LGPL or Mozilla/CDDL), to the community.
Which would appear to be pretty conclusive, despite his additional claim that “leaders at Sun have the autonomy to do what they think is right to maximize their business value – so long as they remember their responsibility to the corporation and all of its communities (from shareholders to developers). Not just their silo.”
Jonathan also revealed that “the MySQL team just closed the single largest deal in the history of MySQL, a $10m deal to a global technology company”. So expect some positive spin on the deal from Sun’s earning announcement later this week.
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