From: Marc Christopher Hall > From: Bob McConnell >> From: Marc Christopher Hall >>> >>> Sun buys MySQL and now Oracle buys Sun (not final, yet). What will >> happen >>> with the main db we PHP'ers have come to know and love especially >> since v 5 >> >> But there are already two >> announced forks of MySQL, created by developers that left after Sun >> bought the company. So I don't think you'll be in any trouble. I did a >> Google search last week on "executives departing MySQL" and found them. > > > These responses are what I was fishing for. My > gut reaction was "Not again!" and this time I initially feared a future axe > to MySQL. Upon further thought (and a few deep breaths) I agree that for the > near future, an immediate canning of MySQL would not be in Oracle's best > interest. However, since Oracle has been the competition and (I had no idea > other developers had already begun a fork of MySQL) I believe that Oracle > will close the door on MySQL eventually.
I don't think it makes any difference what Oracle does with it. I believe most or all of the core source is available under the GPL. So it will always be available. There is certainly enough interest in the application that it will attract a number of talented developers no matter who manages the process. So even if Oracle dumps it, it will continue to exist in one or more forks. The only business issue will be who can use the trademark. On the other hand, there are some closed source utilities and components that may have to be recreated for any forked version. After all, it was the "Enterprise" package that was generating the revenue. That is the only part of the product that Sun or Oracle could really control. Bob McConnell -- PHP General Mailing List (http://www.php.net/) To unsubscribe, visit: http://www.php.net/unsub.php