OK, Now I Am a Bit Worried

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SUN Microsystems just bought MySQL, see the announcement at http://www.sun.com/aboutsun/pr/2008-01/sunflash.20080116.1.xml

Now, MySQL isn’t going away any time soon; there are just way too many people that use it. And while Postgres is not actually owned by SUN, they do employ some great folks to develop on it, and those folks are the the “known” Postgres folks.

However, SUN can decide to stop development, lay off all the [former] MySQL developers, support techs, etc. I’m not saying they will, but they could. They could stagnate the growth….or spur it along.

I don’t know much about SUN internals, but I’m not sure how the company resolves being the primary developer of 2 differing DBMS’s. And since those are the top 2 open source DBMS’s (and there aren’t really any other ones out there, as I don’t count sqlite as a DBMS), there could be a real conflict of interest.

I’m sure it will be a good move, but I’m worried. I wasn’t worried when Oracle bought InnoBase, I wasn’t worried when the community/enterprise split happened. But now….


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Eh. I’m not worried at this point. I think if Sun made any extreme changes upon acquisition they would be very foolish to do so. I am hoping for the best.


Let me clarify — I don’t think this is the end of the world, it’s just that there’s a *bit* of worry. Not a lot, and basically this is my ONLY qualm — I think this is an AWESOME move for both Sun and MySQL.

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Err .. SUN is hardly the main contributor to PostgreSQL. It does have one of the more visible people in the PostgreSQL community on their payroll and they have been doing some nice work with PostgreSQL on machines with lots of CPU’s though. No more .. no less.

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Ehm… sorry it isn’t clear to me, what are you worried about?


Just a teensy bit worried, nothing keeping me up at night. just that there’s a company in control of many of the MySQL developers that has a potential conflict of interest due to database control elsewhere. Not a huge worry….all in all, it’s fantastic for everyone involved really.


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