MySQL Founder Pleads to Save MySQL from Oracle

mysql_oracle_sun 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.

Thanks @iMBA.

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  • Jon0

    Well, he who lives by the sword dies by it.

    Let's face it, if you're using it commercially, mySQL truly starts to look very expensive. mySQL *sounds* like openSource, but it's a big con, probably has been since Sun bought it (Oh, and remind me, where did the $CASH$ go Mrt Widenius? Did we hear you whine like a schoolgril back then?)

    Let's examine the case for it being a commercial product.

    You want to monitor it? You pay for the Enterprise version.

    You want decent professionals who know what they're doing? You pay big money for them because there's so little decent expertise out there, and to get certified, you *have* to take an expensive Sun certification course.

    You want to scale it because it won't support more than 40 users? You need to buy more (expensive) server hardware and hosting costs.

    You want a transactional database that complies with ACID properties that proper business need? You need innoDB. Which is free, except you want to back it up whilst it's online and you have to shell out $500 per year to Oracle PER INSTANCE for a backup product.

    Still sound cheap? Emperor's New Clothes=mySQL.

    And before anyone asks, this is not rhetoric, I use it in a serious production environment. Don't get me wrong, mySQL can do some pretty clever things. But I've seen two serious database corruptions in two months, whereas with SQL Server and Oracle, I've seen none in fourteen years. It's not mature enough for anything serious/critical (and Google and Facebook do not qualify as that, whatever you may think), and it's NOT FREE if you use it for anything non-trivial. So let's not moan too much, it's a commerical product Michael, which some openSource dudes did very well out of selling. Get on with your life and stop being so emotional about something you no longer have a right to control.

  • Jon0

    …And just to clarify.
    I am by no means stating that Sun con people, they don't.
    What I am refering to is the myth perpetuated by a great many in the open source community that mySQL is a completely free product. They weedle this product into organisatoins under this banner, then once it's established through illusory "cost savings", the costs creep in. It is not free for most normal business users.

    If we're going to call the basic, free distro a useful business product, fine. But by that measure, let's call SQL Server Express free too. It has no admin tools, and only supports limited users. The main difference being is that SQL Server Express IS transactional and ACID compliant, and it does have integral backup and restore that runs online without interrupting your business by having to take the database offline like mySQL does, and it ships free with the product. mySQL does not, unless you count doing a text dump to be a "backup". We need to debunk the idea that mySQL is free, and I sincerely hope Oracle DO turn it into a paid-for, but much better product which they make money off and which can do what it should be able to do.