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Oracle and Sun: Match Made in Hades?

May 01, 2009, 10:31 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Katherine Noyes)

""On one hand, there are plenty of reasons for Oracle to keep MySQL alive," Chris Travers, a Slashdot blogger who works on the LedgerSMB project, told LinuxInsider. "There is no indication that MySQL users will switch to Oracle, and MySQL could represent a revenue stream for Oracle."

"However, there are "a few reasons to see this as particularly troubling," Travers added. "Oracle has pursued a strategy which has placed pressure on MySQL by purchasing important partner companies, including Sleepycat Software (makers of the Berkeley Database engine, used for MySQL BDB table) and Innobase (makers of InnoDB engine for MySQL)," he explained. "This strategy has seemed to target MySQL specifically and predated Sun's acquisition of that MySQL AB."

"Opportunity for PostgreSQL?

"The result, Travers added, is that "there are reasonable fears about MySQL's future. Oracle thus far has continued to support InnoDB and BDB, so this concern may be overblown, but nonetheless, the future of MySQL seems unsettled at the moment."

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