Open Source Acquisitions
If the likes of MySQL can be “bought” by the likes of Sun. What keeps an Apache or any other really popular open source movement from being similarly snapped up? In the end I think this is a really healthy trend. I’m more interested in the mechanics of the deal.
And, who does that check get written to? Who are the beneficiaries/stakeholders in an open source acquisition? The managers of the OS initiative? The developers? A little bit of both? Something else entirely?
For instance, let’s say WebKit gets bought out. How does a business deal like that work!? Or, how about Apache… Hmm? Before you say “That couldn’t happen.” I’ll give you that you may be right. But, also keep in mind, MySQL wasn’t for sale… Until it was.
Makes me wonder if the whole LAMP stack might one day be pwnd.