Ellison & the GPL Part II
Sep 24, 2010, 07:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christine Hall)
"In yesterday's post, I wrote about Larry Ellison and Oracle's
apparent lack of respect for the GPL. The FOSS community should
find this especially disturbing due to the boatload of open source
projects now controlled by Oracle after its acquisition of Sun. Not
the least of these is MySQL, the workhorse database that
practically runs the Internet, which is available under the GPL and
various proprietary licenses. After Oracle unceremoniously dropped
support for OpenSolaris, the open source version of Sun's (now
Oracle's) UNIX OS, we can't help but wonder if the GPL'd version of
MySQL will be next.
"Ellison is probably not very enthused about the open source
aspects of MySQL. For one thing, he probably sees it as competing
with Oracle RDBMS, which just happens to be Oracle's cash cow."