AdamR wrote:I honestly don't think it will have that much of an impact on MySQL itself. When Sun acquired MySQL, there was a panic that they'd destroy MySQL.
The 'panic' was quite different, there were concerns that Sun would close source parts of it. But if that had been on the table I doubt MySQL would have been sold to Sun in that case. Remember Sun has a good track record with OSS, and they were acquiring a product that didn't compete with any of their own. Hence for Sun to just cease development of MySQL would be daft, why buy it in the first place? They could have looked to increase licensing revenues by close sourcing various parts, anything that made business sense to bring them revenue.
The situation with Oracle is totally
different, Oracle are purchasing Sun and as a result absorbing MySQL. In most areas of their business Oracle and Sun are not in direct competition, but with Sun owning MySQL a competitor to Oracle in the database market. I realise that MySQL and Oracle are generally aimed at different ends at the market. Oracle has a massive share in the enterprise environment, and I imagine MySQL has a similar share in the web environment.
The issue comes down to does it make good business sense for Oracle to keep developing MySQL, I doubt they'd pull the plug right away but further down the line?