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Who Owns Commercial Open Source � and Can Forks Work?

Apr 23, 2009, 16:33 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Sun's acquisition of MySQL did not go smoothly; most of the MySQL leaders (both commercial and project) have left Sun and the people who are left are sitting with their CV and ready to press send.

"Oracle, not having the best possible reputation in the Open Source space, will have a hard time keeping the remaining MySQL people in the company or even working on the MySQL project. Oracle will also have a hard time to ensure to the MySQL customers, community and users that it will keep MySQL "free and available for all".

"Now, Widenius probably knows the developers of MySQL better than anyone, and if he says that most have already left, and that those who haven't are about to depart, that's probably correct. This has major implications for MySQL, since it would leave the corporate side of the project hollowed out. But as both Widenius and I emphasised, that does not mean the end of the project itself. Indeed, Widenius is willing to get actively involved to ensure the latter lives on"

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