Well, if you now to to www.sun.com, you are redirected to www.oracle.com. After the OK of the European Committee by Neelie Kroes, Oracle is free to take over Sun completely. So it did. A lot of sadness to the people working there and supporting there. A technology company is merged into another and disappears off the radar.
So what does this mean? A commercially very successful company bought a very inventive (yet not commercially successful) company. Just look at the list of acquired companies. So Oracle bought a company with 3 key products: Sun hardware & OS, Java and MySQL. The hardware business was suffering from the biggest losses. Premium hardware with excellent software and support, but expensive and outran by cheap X86 hardware + Linux. Still, if you need one machine to serve your big and battered database, a Sun Solaris box running Oracle (!) is your best bet. MySQL caused the biggest concern for the EC to deeply investigate the merger. Their fear was that Oracle would be come a too big player on the database market. I don’t know how, but somehow the EC now thinks this is not a major concern so that their approved of the merger. I am still concerned, especially after the original creator of the open source database wrote that the world should object. However, MySQL is still open source and has been for some while, so buying the company that bought the company that offers support (and yes does a lot of development) should not hinder the further development from MySQL too much.