Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Jan 2010 22:41 UTC
Databases A petition launched in December by MySQL creator Michael 'Monty' Widenius to 'save' the open-source database from Oracle has quickly gained momentum, collecting nearly 17,000 signatures. Widenius on Monday submitted an initial batch of 14,174 signatures to the European Commission, which is conducting an antitrust review of Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems, MySQL's current owner. The petition calls for authorities to block the merger unless Oracle agrees to one of three "solutions", including spinning off MySQL to a third party and releasing all past versions and subsequent editions for the next three years under the Apache 2.0 open-source license.
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There isn't a major RDBMS out there that doesn't have proprietary extensions, simply because there are massive holes in the spec.

And yet MySQL is one of the least standards compliant databases.

For example, there are no stored procs in the spec, sprocs tend to be fairly critical, so as soon as you use one, you are locked in to that vendors implementation

If stored procedures are so critical, how did MySQL become so popular when it didn't have them until version 5.0?

What is great about MySQL is how simple, fast, and reliable it is.

Simple: definitely not. There are way too many gotchas, and the various storage engines have their own.
Fast: with MyISAM, perhaps. But then you don't get transactions. Hardly simple.
Reliable: definitely not with the non-ACIDic MyISAM.

"simple, fast, and reliable" might be true for H2 (Java embedded database) or perhaps SQLite, for the small subset of typical RDBMS functionality it has.

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