Oracle Isn't a Linux Company (Motley Fool)
Posted Oct 18, 2006 22:19 UTC (Wed) by drag
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MySQL currently is not a threat. But it could be.
Just the same way Linux a few years ago was not a threat to propriatory business. Because of things like this:
Postgresql will never be a threat becuase of it's license. It's not a competitor, the bsd license doesn't allow that. This is not a bad thing, this is just how I think it works. If Postgresql was ever to get as good as Oracle, then Oracle would take the code, improve on it, and release it as a closed source product. They don't even have to tell anybody what they did.
With Mysql they can't do this.
Ok, I know there is a lot of anti-MySQL sentiment with a lot of people, but look at it from the perspective of 'pointy haired boss'. You know the people that make the decisions and have less of the knowledge.
There are several facts to take into considuration:
1. Currently, except for the high end stuff, Mysql can be made to functionaly do everything that Oracle can do. Or at least most of it.
2. That although Oracle is going to have features and capabilities that extend beyond MySQL's, the majority of low to mid range users that buy Oracle licensing don't need those.
3. MySQL costs nothing and works on everything and is practicly aviable in every single Linux distribution by default. Oracle is very expensive in comparision and is only going to work well/reliably on specific software setups.
So now imagine your point-haired boss and you are told you need a SQL server for something. Your told that you have the choice between paying for Oracle or using MySQL which is already installed on the servers and costs nothing. You are told that both can do their jobs, but both have some caveats. You don't understand the differences, but you know that both would need work to get done what you are told that your need them for.
Now do you write the check out for a few thousand dollars to buy Oracle or do you just ignore it and let them use MySQL.
Which do you think is the natural choice?
Now imagine in a few years when Mysql is basicly as good as Oracle for all but the high end stuff.
THAT is why MySQL is a threat.
But right now....
Redhat sells a lot of servers for Oracle. It's both mutually benifitial. Nowadays the majority of Oracle databases run on Linux, most of those are probably Redhat. It makes a lot of money for Redhat, it makes a lot of money for Oracle.
If Oracle tries to bypass Redhat with it's own distro then it immediately becomes one of Redhat's main goal in life to destroy Oracle's database business so that Oracle is not going to remain in a position to destroy Redhat's Linux services business. It's required for Redhat to survive. Improving MySQL is the most obvious way to accomplish this.
That is why the Motley Fool knows that the Oracle CEO is either very likely full of crap, or just about to make a blunder that will make Sun Microsystem's worst mistakes of the late 90's look minisicule in comparision.
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