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EU clears Oracle's proposed acquisition of Sun Microsystems
Posted Jan 21, 2010 16:56 UTC (Thu) by rahvin (subscriber, #16953)
Oracle has zero incentive to destroy part of a company they have acquired. Oracle makes money on support. What Widenus really fears is that Oracle will come in with real support options and the MariaDB company will die because he can't match their support offerings and he won't be able to sell commercial licenses against it. This campaign has never been about FOSS, it's been about the commercial ecosystem while claiming to be about FOSS. We saw the same thing on LWN when Monty's supports gave all the reasons this will hurt the commercial MySQL ecosystem while claiming this is a FOSS issue.
I actually expect that Oracle will spend far more money on MySQL than SUN ever did. This is a perfect product for them to up sell and sell support on. Sure it's probably going to put a lot of little businesses with commercial MySQL offerings out of business in five years as they turn to providing the capability in house but I don't see that as a bad thing. Contrary to the MySQL employees claims the commercial ecosystem isn't needed for the FOSS portion to survive.
Posted Jan 21, 2010 17:28 UTC (Thu) by JoeBuck (subscriber, #2330)
Oracle has bought and destroyed competing software products more than once, so the fear isn't irrational.
Nevertheless, anyone can release a derivative work of MySQL under GPL2, so Oracle has no power to kill it. No one but Oracle can sell licenses to use the mysql code in a way that conflicts with the GPL, and evidently Monty wants to be able to do that.
Posted Jan 21, 2010 18:03 UTC (Thu) by trasz (guest, #45786)
Posted Jan 21, 2010 23:17 UTC (Thu) by rstreeks (subscriber, #1018)
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