MySQL was originally purchased by Sun Microsystems, who were in turn purchased by Oracle. This change in deal has probably got the founder of MySQL, Michael Widenius a bit emotional. In a recent blog post, he pleads with the community to save MySQL from the clutches of Oracle.
For those of you who are in the unawares, Oracle is the creator of one of the largest relational database in use today and has several products which help manages huge businesses, their closest rival in business products being SAP.
In the blog post, which you can read here, MySQL’s creator has some really strong opinions about the deal, and pleads against Sun being taken over by Oracle, who will eventually take over MySQL through the Sun Microsystems deal, which is still hanging in balance due to European Commission taking a look into the deal.
I, Michael "Monty" Widenius, the creator of MySQL, is asking you urgently to help save MySQL from Oracle’s clutches. Without your immediate help Oracle might get to own MySQL any day now. By writing to the European Commission (EC) you can support this cause and help secure the future development of the product MySQL as an Open Source project.
MySQL is the favorite database of the masses and many websites run on the small scale but hugely popular database. MySQL’s future was questioned when it sold to Sun, for one it was Open source and not many in the community were happy with the deal back then. Most WordPress based websites are powered by MySQL and so are sites running other CMS software like Joomla and Drupal.
With Oracle taking over MySQL, there is very good chance that MySQL will stop being a Open Source Product, albeit it will be very unwise for Oracle to stop giving out MySQL as a free product, and it would definitely spell disaster for them.
What is your take on this? Do you think that MySQL will survive once it goes under the Oracle banner? Let your thoughts flow through the comments.
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