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The Great Oracle Experiment

Feb 02, 2010, 19:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

[ Thanks to Glyn Moody for this link. ]

"For the first time, we get to see what happens when a company that has built up an immense global business empire on the basis of its proprietary software takes over some of the most important open source projects around. Does it destroy them through mutual incomprehension? Corrupt them through its control of the purse strings? Come to value them for their deeper qualities? Might it even be *changed* by them, moving towards their approaches? That's what we're going to find out over the next few years in the Great Oracle Experiment.

"Meanwhile, we can sift through the first few clues that Oracle has vouchsafed us. The key document is this FAQ [.pdf], which runs through the fate of most of Sun's products. The future of MySQL seems rosy enough:"

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