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The purchase for one billion dollars, split between $800 million in cash and $200 million in stock options, may seem a hefty price tag for MySQL, which gives its software away to 99% of its customers. But the 1% of MySQL users who do pay for support include big names like Google (nasdaq: GOOG — news — people ), Yahoo! (nasdaq: YHOO — news — people ), Nokia (nyse: NOK — news — people ), and Alcatel-Lucent (nyse: ALU — news — people ). As Sun's (nasdaq: JAVA — news — people ) size lends legitimacy and the guarantee of long-term service to MySQL, the acquisition will likely convince more and larger enterprises to sign on to MySQL's cut-rate database systems, Yuhanna says."
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