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David Axmark, co-founder of MySQL, has quit Sun Microsystems because he “hates” all the rules he has to follow at the company. “I have thought about my role at Sun and decided that I am better off in smaller organisations,” wrote Axmark in his resignation letter, according to a blog post from Sun flack Kaj Arnö. “I HATE all …


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  1. Solomon Grundy

    David Axmark

    Is the future of open source. He gets lots of people to do his work for free, then he sells that work, signs on with the buyer then quits once he's certain he can put that employment on his resume.

    Go Open Saucers Go! I think I'll start an open source company - anybody want a "job"?

  2. Kevin Hutchinson


    This is exactly the kind of RIF I was asking for on Jon's blog the other day.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    >> Axmark quits Sun cos he 'hates' working for the man

    Well, that and the fact that he minted and doesn't need to work for anyone.

  4. Lars Silver badge

    Well, well

    Well for those who envy Axmark and Mounty and the Skype gang, just do the same.

    After some ten to fifteen years, perhaps, you will, if possible, take the money and consider what you want to do as an adult.

    And, honestly, I do not think Suns intention was to bye the "persons" but rather the product with its users.

  5. Anonymous Coward

    Sun is on its death bed, and Axmark wanted out

    If three years ago a company had $7.4B of cash on hand, but now its entire market cap has

    fallen to $4.39B, how much confidence would you have in the management?

    At first flash of Jonahtan, we raced down to see.

    Standing there on Newark shore.

    Waiting for the Sun

    Can you feel it now that doom has come.

    And its time to live in the scattered sun.

    Waiting for the Sun

    Waiting.... waiting.... waiting.... waiting....

    Waiting for Jon to go- run along

    Waiting for Jon to go- hear my song

    Waiting for Jon to go - run along

    Waiting for you to tell him what went wrong

    This is the strangest CEO Ive ever known.


  6. Marc Hamilton

    David Doesn't Get It

    Breaking the rules is part of the fun of working at Sun.

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  8. David Kelly

    Same old story

    Small company does something well.

    Big company sees small company's potential.

    Big company buys small company promising to keep them running as they always were.

    Big company tries to make small company do everything their way.

    Small company employees leave in frustration taking expertise with them.

    Small company's customers slowly notice worsening service and look for alternatives.

  9. Solomon Grundy

    @David Kelly

    After Big Company buys Small Company - Small Company no longer has "a way". If that's not OK then don't sell. If you take the money you've got to do what they say.

  10. Patrick Finch

    @Anonymous Coward

    I worked at Sun for over a decade and left this summer: in my opinion engineering leads the company and the company is very much aware of Linux (have you been following OpenSolaris?).

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Sun is a good place!

    Kelly, I don't hate working for Sun.

    I love that Sun is betting on Open Source for its main revenue, not

    just as a side show (even if they have more work to do).

    And I actually liked Sun enough to try to work in such a large

    company, in spite of my hatred of bureaucracy needed in *all* large


    /David Axmark

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