MySQL fans from around the world have joined forces to save the project from going into the hands of database giant Oracle, which has set out to buy Sun Microsystems. Sun Microsystems is the current owner of MySQL, the open source database which is extremely famous all over the world as a database server for websites.
Most of the web servers in this world are running on a LAMP server in which, M represents MySQL with L, A and P for Linux, Apache and PHP respectively. MySQL enthusiasts fear that once Oracle acquires Sun Microsystems, the MySQL project will be left at the mercy of Oracle which might as well decide to shut the project down. Speculations are, after the acquisition, Oracle will level out all competition against its primary product and will also increase costs and licensing fees. This will make the small scale businesses pay badly.
The fear has led to MySQL fans creating a campaign and a website to host their cause at helpmysql.org.
Some interesting facts at this post of the blog of the MySQL creator Michael “Monty” Widenius, are:
- Oracle has offered to buy MySQL twice before.
- Oracle faces losses amounting to $1 billion USD per year because of MySQL.
- Rumors are that the recent Sun layoff were hijacked by Oracle, many of the fred were from MySQL group.
- Oracle’s last acquisition of Open Source software, InnoDB resulted in slow-down of development.
- One major demand of the helpmysql campaign is that MySQL be released under Apache Software License now and forever.
- According to a poll, there is only a 0.7% of people who trust Oracle on MySQL.
With these fishy things going on, we should really go ahead and support the MySQL community. You can visit the website and offer any help you can.