The Great Oracle Experiment
Feb 02, 2010, 19:33 (0 Talkback[s])
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"For the first time, we get to see what happens when a
company that has built up an immense global business empire on the
basis of its proprietary software takes over some of the most
important open source projects around. Does it destroy them through
mutual incomprehension? Corrupt them through its control of the
purse strings? Come to value them for their deeper qualities? Might
it even be *changed* by them, moving towards their approaches?
That's what we're going to find out over the next few years in the
Great Oracle Experiment.
"Meanwhile, we can sift through the first few clues that Oracle
has vouchsafed us. The key document is this FAQ [.pdf], which runs
through the fate of most of Sun's products. The future of MySQL
seems rosy enough:"