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.
Thread beginning with comment 364907
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Does oracle care?
by REM2000 on Fri 22nd May 2009 07:54 UTC
REM2000
Member since:
2006-07-25

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.

Reply Score: 3

RE: Does oracle care?
by sorpigal on Fri 22nd May 2009 11:10 in reply to "Does oracle care?"
sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

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.

Reply Parent Score: 3

RE[2]: Does oracle care?
by Lennie on Sat 23rd May 2009 10:28 in reply to "RE: Does oracle care?"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

I wouldn't be so sure, Oracle wanted MySQL in the past.

When SAP said they were moving to MySQL, Oracle wanted to buy MySQL immediately. But they couldn't at the time and bought Innodb, the then current storage engine of MySQL which MySQL was licensing. Then MySQL said they would create a new storage engine them selfs. I stopped following MySQL after that, but I think they did build it. And now, I'm not sure what SAP is using, but Oracle does have MySQL.

Reply Parent Score: 1