|FROM ||Ruben Safir
|SUBJECT ||Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] MYSQL falling apart
|Two Sun Micro senior execs at MySQL database unit leaving
Fri Feb 6, 2009 11:11pm GMT
BOSTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Business computer maker Sun Microsystems Inc
(JAVA.O: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Friday that two top
executives with its mySQL open-source database unit are leaving the
Marten Mickos, a senior vice president who was chief executive of MySQL
before Sun bought his company for about $1 billion last year, will
depart as Sun eliminates his position, said company spokeswoman Dana
Sun has merged the MySQL group with another software division and named
another executive to run it, she said.
Mickos could not be reached for comment. In a statement provided by Sun
he said that he was leaving for personal reasons.
"I love being the top policymaker, building new things," Mickos said.
Meanwhile MySQL founder Monty Widenius, one of the most respected
developers of open-source software, said on his personal blog on
Thursday that he was leaving because of differences in opinion with
Sun's management over development of the open-source database.
Open-source software refers to computer programs whose code is widely
available for download, allowing developers around the world to easily
While the programs are generally available at no cost, companies like
Sun generate revenue from open-source software by selling services such
as technical support to businesses.
"Sun is walking a fine line between developing an open-source offering
and running a commercial business," Cross Research analyst Shannon Cross
said. "You have a company trying to make money off of open source, while
trying to control more than the open source community would like."
Widenius said that Sun had not done enough to make it easy for
programmers to access the code behind the MySQL database and offer up
improvements to it.
"Sun has been considering opening up the server development, but the
pace has been too slow," he said.
Company spokeswoman Dana Lengkeek declined to comment on Widenius'
The MySQL database is widely used to run Web sites, including some of
the world's biggest ones. Oracle Corp (ORCL.O: Quote, Profile,
Research), Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) and
International Business Machines (IBM.N: Quote, Profile, Research) sell
Sun also uses MySQL to promote sales of its business computers, bundling
the software with its hardware. (Reporting by Jim Finkle and Anupreeta
Das; editing by Carol Bishopric)
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