[kwlug-disc] Newbie... Playing with Linux etc...
cbruner at quadro.net
Fri Apr 16 16:31:31 EDT 2010
A slashdot article is saying that /Now Oracle wants the community to
prove that open source can be made profitable
/I think this goes right back to the basic problem of different
Open Source has a monetary system based on code. A corperation has a
monetary system based on dollars. If all the people who are involved in
an open source project are hired by one company, how can a project be
forked in order to keep it open source? The brains needed to maintain
the project are competing against their own workplace, and I'm sure
non-compete clauses would limit them. So the brains have to come from an
/Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 13, 2010 at 1:50 PM, Chris Bruner <cbruner at quadro.net
> <mailto:cbruner at quadro.net>> wrote:
> John Van Ostrand wrote:
> Terry, I appreciate the point of view of not blindly
> defaulting to the common choice. I also have that pet peeve as
> well, just not about MySQL.
> Any thoughts about Oracle and mysql, and the possible future
> problems with that?
> I am going to cover some of that in my presentation on May 3rd.
> In a nutshell:
> Oracle already owned the transactional InnoDB engine that MySQL runs
> on for several years, before they acquired Sun. If they had wanted to kill
> MySQL then, it would have been easy to do it. They did not.
> More importantly, MySQL is GPL. Oracle can only change the license for
> future versions, but can't retake what is already out there. There are
> community efforts based on the GPL version (will detail them in the
> Oracle can be several things, but they are not dumb. They know that there
> is a market that their own DB can never dominate (web sites, startups,
> so they seem to want to keep MySQL alive for this, and perhaps have an
> easy migration path to their own DB when someone outgrows MySQL.
> If you were in their place, would you kill MySQL only to see PostgreSQL
> take its place in that market place? These users will never go from
> cheap/free and open source to expensive and closed source and dependent
> on a commercial product. Or do you try to influence what is there?
> As always, time will tell ...
> Khalid M. Baheyeldin
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