""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
"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."