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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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RE: Does oracle care?
by sorpigal on Fri 22nd May 2009 11:10 UTC in reply to "Does oracle care?"
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Oracle is a database company, primarily. They think of themselves this way. They want to own the DB market. And, from the high end, they mostly do; ask anyone what the best DB is and he'll say Oracle automatically, unless he is an actual DBA and knows the merits of the various DBs. The one segment of the market where Oracle isn't an automatic choice for most people is the low end. By 'owning' the Mysql brand they are now in a position to go directly to their Mysql customers and sell them an 'upgrade' to their own DB product. This kind of targeted marketing opportunity has dollar signs written all over it.

But no, I doubt Oracle cares about Mysql as such.

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