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Volume: Money or Misdirection?

Jan 28, 2008, 01:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen O'Grady)

"In the wake of the billion dollar valuation of MySQL, a number of intelligent folks have been crunching the estimated numbers in search of an equation that makes sense in the context of the market economics and come up wanting (as predicted). Jeff Gould states it most clearly, asking:

"But I'm still left wondering, can Sun make MySQL subscription sales rise far enough and fast enough to justify that humongous billion dollar price tag...? Only time will tell. But in my humble opinion, MySQL's open source business model will make Sun's road to payback a lot steeper than if it had bought a software company with conventional revenues and profits..."

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