The open source movement can be mixed up with commercial interests.
Six months after Sun purchased MySQL, Tim O’Reilly interviews Monty Widenius and Brian Aker, the founder and Director of Technology, respectively, of MySQL. In this conversation from the 2008 O’Reilly Open Source Convention, they discuss the integration of MySQL’s open source culture into Sun, new projects they are working on, the effects the major tech companies have on open source, and philanthropic support of open causes.
One of the biggest surprises that came from integrating MySQL into Sun is how quickly and widely MySQL’s open culture spread throughout the much larger Sun. MySQL had only a few hundred employees compared to Sun’s tens of thousands, but it was a largely virtual company and operated in public through mailing lists, chat, and other visible sources. Adapting these to Sun has introduced these practices to a large number of employees who were used to releasing finished, proprietary products.