We just read that Sun is purchasing MySQL for a little under a billion. We are a little shocked and not quite sure what to make of it or how this affects Sun's investment in PostgreSQL. Further comments on the deal on Jignesh Shah's blog and Josh Berkus blogs. Jignesh and Josh both work at Sun and do PostgreSQL work as well.
Couple of random thoughts
Overall we think the move should prove positive for both camps.
8.3 is now on release candidate 8.3 RC1 and as Bruce Momjian noted, it looks like there might be an RC2.
We've been playing around with the 8.3 betas and RCs and really like the integrated Full Text Indexing and XML features. The new features make it possible to do a quickie REST service-based application. In the next issue of this journal, we hope to demonstrate creating REST services using 8.3 with server side - (PHP and/or ASP.NET) and front-end Adobe FLEX. We would have liked to demonstrate SilverLight/MoonLight as well, but we want to wait till Silverlight 2.0 hits release. We'll try to use the Pagila demo database for the upcoming demo app as Robert Treat has suggested.