For end-user companies, there is a lot riding on the answer.
The week also saw another big supplier deal, with Sun buying open-source database MySQL. The deal looks like being well-received in the MySQL community, promising more cash but a light touch from Sun.
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"Sun would be crazy to damage MySQL's business with the sort of negative focus you allege; rather, I expect to see new opportunities building on existing strengths. This is increasing the wattage, not extinguishing."
From: Simon Phipps, chief open source officer at Sun Microsystems, commenting on Glyn Moody's Open Enterprise blog
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