Oracle Isn't a Linux Company (Motley Fool)
Posted Oct 19, 2006 2:42 UTC (Thu) by peace
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MySQL might be OK for certain types of websites or other single application stacks that need a data layer. I doubt anyone would trust it as a central DB for PeopleSoft, SAP, some lesser flavor of ERP, or ad-hock in-house projects that require some table space. I certainly would not trust it in this role. I would trust PostgreSQL only to a point, and I am a huge fan of Postgres.
"1. Currently, except for the high end stuff, Mysql can be made to functionally do everything that Oracle can do. Or at least most of it."
I do not agree. The similarities between Oracle and MySQL cease somewhere around "able to store and retrieve data".
"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."
If these companies want to use MySQL for their website because that's what their developers know, then they will. If they are using any real software to manage their business, they would be looking at Oracle (or SQL Server) because that is what the application vendors will be requiring. MySQL would not even be an option and they would make anyone suggesting such a thing look very silly.
I doubt Oracle really cares how they might offend Red Hat by taking the kernel layer in-house. If a company wants Oracle they are going to talk to Oracle, not Red Hat. Red Hat comes into the equation when deciding how Oracle is going to deploy it's software. Relying on Red Hat to provide a well configured, tuned, secure and up to date Linux is a bit of a risk for Oracle. Creating an appliance that runs a highly tuned Linux kernel developed by in-house kernel devs. seems to make perfect sense and I would not be surprised to see Oracle do just that.
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