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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RE: not an expert
by kaiwai on Fri 22nd May 2009 02:44 UTC in reply to "not an expert"
kaiwai
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2005-07-06

I am not an expert but there must be reasons why people chose MySQL over Postgres. There are some very big groups using MySQL technology when they could have gone the other way. Why? Was it the fact that there was Enterprise level support offered for MySQL? In any event, we need to watch Red Hat and Suse. If they dump MySQL, which I doubt, then there is a chance that one of the other forks will become mainstream. Just like when everyone switched from XFree86 to Xorg.


The one flaw you make is that everything is chosen for rational reasons; a lot of the selection is based on, "no one ever got fired for using [company] product". Take Sybase, it wiped the floor with Oracle on Solaris x86 in a benchmark not too long ago and yet people still fixate around Oracle even with its major performance draw backs.

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RE[2]: not an expert
by haydenm on Fri 22nd May 2009 04:03 in reply to "RE: not an expert"
haydenm Member since:
2006-10-29

I agree, similar situation with Apache httpd IMO.

MySQL has the mind-share and customer base weighing in its favour. When a new project is started MySQL is chosen usually because it is the first thing that comes to mind and there's a lot of success stories surrounding it(especially the "next big thing" "garage to riches" "web 2.0" start-ups all blogging about what they achieved with it).

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RE[3]: not an expert
by kaiwai on Fri 22nd May 2009 04:21 in reply to "RE[2]: not an expert"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

I agree, similar situation with Apache httpd IMO.

MySQL has the mind-share and customer base weighing in its favour. When a new project is started MySQL is chosen usually because it is the first thing that comes to mind and there's a lot of success stories surrounding it(especially the "next big thing" "garage to riches" "web 2.0" start-ups all blogging about what they achieved with it).


In the Mac world there is also a fixation around Filemaker which always leaves me confused; having be a bit of contrarian when it comes to software I tend to look at alternatives to the mainstream - many times finding the under used and undermarketed as being superior. 4th Dimension being one example on the Mac which, once setup, left many of my former clients surprised at firstly how easy it is to use, maintain, update and the speed is awesome.

As much as I blamed marketing in the previous posts, on reflection I think it is prejudice and bias that also inhibit good ideas making their way into the mainstream of information technology.

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