Some thoughts on MySQL and Oracle
Posted Dec 17, 2009 14:30 UTC (Thu) by hingo
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Everything you say is correct, except I don't understand the logic of you then saying what we do is self serving?
As you say, part of the MySQL user base is locked in and (for all practical purposes) not helped by the GPL. This was by design, and Monty is to blame, yes. So what we have done is to explain to the EU and in public that MySQL being under the GPL is not a solution to all current MySQL users, they are locked in. So it is the regulators responsibility to do something about it. This is no different than if Oracle buys a proprietary SW company.
Personally I have no doubt that MariaDB or some other descendant of MySQL will be stay alive. (self sustaining can mean many things...) But it cannot save the entire MySQL universe.
So my point is, there is nothing self serving in asking the EU to protect the MySQL users which we cannot help. (This is the whole point of having anti trust regulation.) Monty or our company doesn't get anything out of it (quite the contrary, Oracle getting their hands on MySQL will probably be good for our business).
Btw, it may be healthy to remember that a large part of the EU investigation had to do with market shares, "constraining Oracle" and other things, and the open source aspect of MySQL was just an interesting side track. But it is quite natural that in the community that is the side tract that most are interested in.
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