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O'Reilly: Oracle & Open Source: Gazing at the Crystal Ball

Apr 20, 2001, 00:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Duncan)

This is basically a feature-length promo for a new O'Reilly title, but author Andy Duncan makes some rather bold predictions, including a whopper: that MySQL will grow so popular that Oracle will be forced to open source its product in the future. Personally, we're skeptical. He writes:

"What makes me so sure? Well, I've worked as a consultant within Oracle as a DBA, within Sun as a Java developer, and I also teach Perl courses for Learning Tree. I don't have the global view of a corporate executive, but I do have a keen worm's-eye perspective from the software-development trenches, and down here in the mud, the shift is clear and evident: The number of Perl courses I've been asked to teach has been rapidly increasing, and the number attending each class has also been increasing. 'Why are you here?' I ask my students. A typical response is, 'So our company can move away from Windows and get into Apache, Linux, and Perl. That way, our accountant can cut a million off the software budget.'"

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