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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Does oracle care?
by REM2000 on Fri 22nd May 2009 07:54 UTC
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The article is a good one and raises some interesting questions, however the article assumes that Oracle has an interest in MySQL succeeding and continuing, personally i don't think Oracles cares about the continuing success of MySQL. I believe Oracle only want the hardware stack and perhaps Solaris, as this provides the necessary pieces to become the apple of the enterprise world (i.e. supplying everything and becoming a one stop shop).

I believe the rest of the products Sun has such as openoffice, MySQL etc.. will just be left by oracle to be picked up by however wants to continue, i.e. forked.

I hope im wrong as these products are exceptional and have changed the computing landscape, i believe the only reason we have a Free Microsoft SQL Server or a Free Oracle 9 lite is because MySQL is out there.

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