Some thoughts on MySQL and Oracle
Posted Dec 17, 2009 16:28 UTC (Thu) by hingo
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So half of what you say is right, the other half less so. (But it is probably right that this is why people accuse Monty, even if it is baseless, so I'm with you there.)
It is absolutely right that MySQL business model was designed the way it was on purpose, deliberately, even to make money. And such a business can be sold to another business, etc... And from an open source point of view you might think this was a bad model and the reason we are now in this mess (debatable, but valid point).
I guess it is good to point out yet again, that Monty was not in a position to decide anything about selling MySQL to Sun, and he did not get more than a few percent of the billion dollars. But that's not the point, there was nothing wrong in selling MySQL to Sun, whoever is responsible for it.
In the case of Oracle, it is quite obvious (well, to me) that Oracle has a completely different interest in acquiring MySQL. The anti-trust regulator in Europe is rightfully concerned about that, it is their job to stop such mergers if proven to be harmful. So it is quite normal for anyone, whether Monty or a MySQL customer, to expect that MySQL can indeed be sold to anyone, but not to a competitor that just wants to reduce competition. (I realize especially in the US there is a common political opinion that you should be allowed to sell anything to anyone and the government shouldn't interfere, but that is a political view, and as it is now, we do have regulation.) So there is nothing wrong in helping the EU to do their job, which they are supposed to do, and there is no benefit to Monty (perhaps emotional, that's all) to be doing this.
Anyway, I get what you are saying, that this is why people are blaming Monty, because many of them probably think along the lines you just said.
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