There is a lengthy article from Computer Business Review stating that Linux distributor MySQL is prepping for an IPO. This would be a big win for consumers and for open source if it is able to IPO. The Swedish-based company would follow Mandrake’s offering on Euronext over 5 years ago and would follow another small Linux player in Norway called Trolltech. As of now traders have to trade Red Hat (RHT), Novell (NOVL), VA Software (LNUX) or SCO (SCOX); and the latter two are hardly traded for the Linux exposure any longer. They have somewhere around 10,000 paying customers now, and the article says this translates to close to 10 million installed users.
MySQL is one of the companies we have had on the IPO-radar for some time, and even if this will take until the end of the year it is one to watch ahead of time.
The NY Times DealBook has also covered this today.
Jon C. Ogg
January 31, 2007