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Upside: Those nagging open source details [Notes from the Open Source Database Summit]

Nov 01, 2000, 13:18 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

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"...Open source database developers have a reason to be optimistic. At a time when projects such as Apache and the Linux kernel are losing their media luster, aging database projects such as MySQL and PostgreSQL have suddenly been recast as the fresh-faced ingenues of the open source community."

"This is the last big frontier," said Monty Widenius, Finnish leader of MySQL, a 15-year old project that became one of the community's hottest during the summer months after two companies, NuSphere and AbriaSoft, decided to build support offerings for the database. "There's more money in [the database sector] than in any other software field," Widenius said."

"The fact that most of that money is currently flowing into the coffers of the software industry's two biggest powerhouses, Oracle (ORCL) and Microsoft (MSFT ), might have explained the dearth of suits in the room. Most marketers and venture capital-types have yet to sign up for this particular kamikaze mission. With no suits in the room, however, engineers were free to talk dirty. Provided you could sit through stories of "table locks," "tuple visibility" and stateless client systems, you got a glimpse of what makes the developers and CTOs so optimistic in the first place."

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