Thursday, April 23, 2009

Oracle and MySQL: The End of an Era?

It seems like every time I turn around, somebody’s buying MySQL.  First Sun, now Oracle?  Who’s next?

Yes, perhaps I’m being a little over-dramatic, but every time the open-source database giant changes hands, about half of the web hosting world holds their breath to see if their software licensing is going to change.  We got lucky with Sun, but Oracle’s business is making money from database software.  This time around, we might not be so fortunate.

InformationWeek posted an article this morning about the fate of MySQL under Oracle leadership.  According to the article, Karen Padir, who is the new manager of the MySQL database system, spoke up against those who believe Oracle is going to abandon ship on the open-source licensing of MySQL.  She cited several instances where Oracle has worked to support the open-source community, including re-working the licensing on some of their own produces to mesh with the licensing of those using the products.

Of course, Padir was in no position to comment on anything specific she has heard from Oracle higher-ups, so the rest of us are left to wonder about the fate of MySQL.  At this point nothing is certain, other than the absolute uprising that would occur were Oracle to deprive the IT masses of this pinnacle piece of software.

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