[kwlug-disc] any thoughts on the current mysql brouhaha?

Darcy Casselman dscassel at gmail.com
Tue Jan 5 11:45:20 EST 2010

On Tue, Jan 5, 2010 at 11:03 AM, Robert P. J. Day <rpjday at crashcourse.ca> wrote:
> http://holdenweb.blogspot.com/2010/01/wht-save-mysql-now.html
> is it time to shift to postgresql?

I'm with the original article: what's the big deal?  MySQL is GPL
(albeit with Monty's own dual-licensing shenanigans).  There's nothing
stopping us from using/forking it, no matter what Oracle does.

The big question is what sort of commitment does Oracle have to
continuing development?  We don't know yet.  I don't really think that
getting the EU to object on antitrust grounds (and given the number of
viable database competitors out there, big and small, I don't see the
grounds) will help the project. Getting Oracle to set up a well-funded
foundation for MySQL would be nice, but I don't see how Monty has
legal or ethical standing to demand that they do.  His deal was done a
long time ago.  And I don't see how it's in Oracle's interest.

That said, I'd be happy to see progresql get more love.  But I'm
tending towards schemaless datastores for most of my projects these


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