"A prediction that both IBM DB2 and Oracle databases would head
toward open source in some way by the end of the year got a little
more interesting as Big Blue announced a partnership with the
Apache Software Foundation to release its Cloudscape Java-based
database to the community, which is turning the database into an
open source project called Derby.
"MySQL Vice President of Marketing Zack Urlocker said databases
and related software are among the technologies most impacted by
open source. He likened the idea of open source in major,
proprietary databases such as DB2 and Oracle to the initial inroads
that Linux made with business.