OK, Now I Am a Bit Worried
Jan 16, 2008 / By Sheeri Cabral
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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