How Many O’s in MySQL, Java etc.?
April 20, 2009
Wrong … at least one, and that’ll be the big O, as in Oracle. It’s just announced their buying Sun, and therefore MySQL, Java, Glassfish, Solaris, the whole box and dice. The Java aspect makes perfect sense, given Oracle bet the house on Java a decade ago (in much the same way the IBM acquisition made sense around Java). More compelling for Oracle is that they’ll own their own OS, possibly allowing great things like dtrace and zfs to escape the Sun CPPL (or whatever their licence is called), and be released under a Linux-friendly licence like LGPL or Apache.
And then there’s MySQL. At last, MySQL and InnoDB are owned by the same company. I think Oracle will use their market power and considerable ruthlessness to keep MySQL pegged in the “little web database that can” category, and use it to bludgeon Microsoft at the departmental/low-end. Of course, now all Larry Ellison and co. have to do is execute the post-acquisition merging of the two … they’ve shown they have some capability to execute such large mergers (think PeopleSoft, Seibel, Retek), but this one strikes me as a cross between a hand grenade and the proverbial Curate’s Egg. Good in parts, if you ignore the festering bits, and likely to blow up without warning