Lots of people asked me about "SUN aquires MySQL" and what does it mean for the "PostgreSQL guy, who is working for MySQL"?
Thanks to German laws, at the first view, for me this just means: "My company will get a new name".
We are doing business as usual at the moment and I don't expect big changes for developers and support team.
What does it mean for me? (Besides having some more advantages as employee, because the German SUN company is bigger and has more employee organisation stuff)
I am glad about it.
For my person, this was the best, what could happen.
I often got the question: "Will you now work for PostgreSQL again?"
Sorry, but did I ever stop "working" for PostgreSQL?
Ok, I was a little bit quieter during the last months. But this wasn't because I work for MySQL. This was, because I wasn't workless anymore and I got a new boyfriend. I just didn't have so much time to do so much.
It doesn't matter which kind of job I got, the same would happen with any other job too. I think, it is usual, that there are periods at your job and in your life, where you don't have time for anthing else.
That there will be PostgreSQL and MySQL at the same company is great. With SUN, I got a senior brother for the fight against unpleasant users competition.
And I am the living example, that this works.
I'll hope, that all this ugly questions will stop:
For example: "Why can you work for MySQL as PostgreSQL guy?", "Why do you make a PostgreSQL talk as MySQL employee?".
Often I hear: "You are closer to Josh Berkus now!"
Am I? We both didn't move. For me, he is still living at the other side of the world.
Maybe, Josh and me will get one or more additional common communication base. But I already have lots of common communication bases with Josh. We both know our email addresses, we know, where we can find each other on IRC or on Skype and so on.
Of course, I am really glad, that Josh will get my colleague. I never dared even dreaming about this.
Its too early, to make big future plans.
Also every future plan, that I ever made, failed at the past.
For example: I wanted to have 10^7 Euro until I will get 35 (I never reached only a hundredth of this).
Since I live in Aachen (2005), I plan to go to Paris on a free weekend ... I still never was in Paris.
I am a burned child with lots of more serious future plans as well.
The future, I can see at the moment is:
That I will work further on as Support Engineer at MySQL. I really like my job.
Also my boyfriend is not so new anymore and I got a control over myself to the topic "work time and free time". It's not easy during the first month, to control your time, when you are working from home.
So, I can see, that I will have more time again, that I can spend on PostgreSQL.
My experience from events in 2007 is: It doesn't matter if I visit the event and make a PostgreSQL or a MySQL talk, the visitors always saw me as an agent for both. I always got questions for both systems.
And most times, nobody cares, that I work as PostgreSQL guy for MySQL (the ugly questions, that I wrote above, always were rarly).
Looking back to SUN: I often got this questions:
"Will MySQL finally get the PostgreSQL storage engine?"
Answer: Will a Ford car ever get the gear from BMW?
I am really looking forward to get a SUN employee. I'll take by surprise what will happening at the future.