[linux-elitists] Oracle: friend or foe?

JIm Thompson jim@netgate.com
Tue Feb 14 17:39:27 PST 2006


So first Oracle buys InnoDB

http://www.oracle.com/corporate/press/2005_oct/inno.html

then Sleepycat:

http://blog.sleepycat.com/2006/02/next-ten-years.html


Both of whom supply "storage engine" technology to MySQL.
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1894041,00.asp?kc=EWRSS03119TX1K0000594
http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/innodb.html

"Sleepy Cat CEO says "Oracle deal and attempt to disrupt MySQL"
http://searchopensource.techtarget.com/originalContent/0,289142,sid39_gci1140527,00.html

>
> NEWTON, Mass. -- Oracle Corp.'s acquisition of Innobase OY is largely
> an effort to disrupt rival database vendor MySQL AB and is a testament
> to the growing momentum of open source software (OSS), the outspoken
> president and CEO of SleepyCat Software said in an interview.

So much for the rumored storage engine replacement from Sleepycat:
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1893579,00.asp

Now obviously these engines are still source availble, and Oracle may
even continue to develop them, but probably not along directions that
make life at MySQL any easier.   Even with the technology, MySQL AB's
revenue stream is going to get more difficult to maintain.

Jim



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