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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Comment by Nycran
by Nycran on Sat 23rd May 2009 04:35 UTC
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This is pure speculation but I think Oracle might actually have an interest in MySQL.

What if Oracle builds easy upgrade tools so you can migrate from MySQL to Oracle with a level of ease that you just can't achieve usually?

You start your business or service with MySQL, it's free and therefore it makes $$ sense. Your product / service takes off in a big way, and suddenly you want better database performance and enterprise features, so you upgrade to Oracle because it's easy and integrated.

In this way Oracle leaves MSSQL server and other commercial RDMS's out of the logical upgrade path.

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