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The Fight to Save MySQL: Interview with Monty Widenius

Jan 27, 2010, 15:33 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

""I will do everything that is possible to keep MySQL alive," says Michael (Monty) Widenius, the main developer of the well-known open source database. "I just hope it's enough."

"Widenius is talking against the background of Oracle Corporation's acquisition of MySQL along with the other assets of Sun Microsystems. According to Widenius, if allowed to stand, the acquisition will mean the eventual loss of MySQL as a first-class database without any adequate open source replacement.

"Just as important, he sees the acquisition as bringing the GNU General Public License (GPL) into disrepute and the exclusion of free and open source software from the consideration of anti-trust laws. And as the acquisition gradually gains approval throughout the world, the chances of avoiding these results is appearing increasingly remote."

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