Linked by snydeq on Thu 21st May 2009 22:55 UTC
Databases Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister questions the effect recent developments in the MySQL community will have on MySQL's future in the wake of Oracle's acquisition of Sun. Even before Oracle announced its buyout, there were signs of strain within the MySQL community, with key MySQL employees exiting and forks of the MySQL codebase arising, including Widenius' MariaDB.
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how popular are they really?
by kurenai on Fri 22nd May 2009 02:08 UTC
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I've heard a bit about the various forks, but how popular are they really? I'd be really surprised if even 1% of hypothetical mysql users had moved over. And really, if you're going to take the time to port over/retest your code to a new db/storage platform, why not just take the plunge and move to postgresql and reap the benefits that brings?

To me, the main selling point of mysql is simply that it's so darn popular, meaning there are tons of examples/compatible products. It certainly wasn't the technology behind mysql itself, which could claim only that it was fast, assuming you could actually connect to it as it might be crashing when user #101 hits your site.

On the other hand, maybe we'll see these forks go off and polish some corner of the code base, and then in 3 years maybe all the pieces will come back together again and we'll have a really first rate oss db with stored procs, good concurrency, acid compliance and high availability. OR We could just have that today and not use mysql/its derivatives.

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