Ex-MySQL CEO Marten Mickos Thinks More Companies Should Build on the Open Source Business Model

Monday Mar 29th 2010 by DatabaseJournal.com Staff
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MySQL gained considerably from the open source market and other companies should consider the same business model.

Clearly we have all seen a surge in the open source arena these days. With many mergers and acquisitions surrounding open source projects one would wonder how many companies are moving in that direction. Former MySQL CEO Mickos is confident in his evaluation, pointing to companies such as IBM and Oracle, who are deep into the open source business model, that many new companies could reap the benefits of open source and noting:

"Hopefully, there will be great, great startups as well who will make millions and billions of dollars but that's actually where we haven't really reached victory yet. We have had a handful of great financial successes in open source [such as] Red Hat, JBoss, MySQL, XenSource, but it isn't enough."
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