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MySQL, Oracle And Cloud Computing

Jan 09, 2010, 12:03 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Krishnan Subramanian)


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"Ever since Oracle announced the acquisition of Sun Microsystems along with MySQL, all hell broke loose in the open source community. With EU questioning the deal, there is a war (of words) erupting inside the community with one side asking EU to block the deal or, at the very least, change the license to another open source license from GPL and the other side urging EU to allow the transaction to go through. Even though I have no love for Oracle, I think it is time to let the deal go through at least for the sake of Sun employees who are sitting there with their future unknown. At the same time, I am not unduly worried about the future of MySQL because I have complete confidence in the open source license of MySQL. Let me try to explain my position here in this post.

"For the sake of argument, let us consider the hypothetical scenario of Oracle killing off MySQL. This leaves us with the only option of going with one or more of the MySQL forks. Such a scenario is perfectly fine for most of us except a handful of people who are either packaging MySQL into a proprietary software or keen on building a business making money from a dual licensing scheme like the one that MySQL uses now."

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