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Re: Oracle, Sun and MySQL

From: Peter Brawley (peter.brawleyearthlink.net)
Date: Wed Nov 11 2009 - 10:47:14 CST


Martin,

> What does monty say?

Monty made a submission to EU regulators. I can't find the URL just now.
One-line summary: "Letting Oracle have MySQL is worse than putting the
fox in charge of the henhouse..." (Florian Mueller,
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10379870-38.html).

Other URLs:
http://monty-says.blogspot.com/2009/10/press-release-concerning-oraclesun.html
http://monty-says.blogspot.com/
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10379870-38.html

PB
http://www.artfulsoftware.com

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Martin Gainty wrote:
> tendency to work "normal working hours" 7am-7pm PST
> which could be a problem for someone in Europe, Asia or even GMT+5 who
> needs an immediate answer and cant wait until 7am PST
>
> i too would like MySQL to stay OpenSource
> there is no better a feeling of applying a patch (for your own
> purposes) without having to wait for the corporate leviathans 6 month
> cycle to release a minor patch
>
> what does monty say?
> Martin Gainty
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> > Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2009 12:48:28 +0000
> > Subject: Re: Oracle, Sun and MySQL
> > From: johnbutterflysystems.co.uk
> > To: lizdijkmat.nl
> > CC: john.daisleybutterflysystems.co.uk;
> peter.brawleyearthlink.net; mysqllists.mysql.com
> >
> > > On Nov 11, 2009, at 9:34 AM, John Daisley wrote:
> > >> On Tue, 2009-11-10 at 23:50 -0600, Peter Brawley wrote:
> > >>> European regulators agree with Monty that the Oracle-Sun deal
> threatens
> > >>> database competition. Apparently Oracle means to play hardball.
> > >>> Meanwhile
> > >>> Sun revenue fell 25% in 3rd quarter 2009; who else but an
> > >>> anti-competitive
> > >>> giant would take a chance on buying Sun now? Story here:
> > >>>
> http://www.economist.com/businessfinance/displayStory.cfm?story_id=14840272&
> > >>> source=features_box1.
> > >> What I am more concerned about at the moment is how much the
> uncertainty
> > >> over the deal is hurting MySQL?
> > >>
> > >> I was recently in a project planning meeting where MySQL was
> dismissed
> > >> completely because nobody could give guarantees about where MySQL was
> > >> going. There were a lot of concerns over where future development
> would
> > >> go and a fear that when the deal goes through Oracle may slowly raise
> > >> support and training costs to the sort of levels applicable to Oracle
> > >> database products. These kind of arguments seem impossible to counter
> > >> for as long as the uncertainty continues and I for one wish they
> would
> > >> just resolve the situation either way very quickly because its
> hurting
> > >> my business and open source software!
> > >
> > > Please remember that there are 3rd parties offering MySQL support
> already
> > > now, outside of MySQL AB.
> > >
> > > I'm pretty sure that should Oracle raise these prices, 3rd parties
> will
> > > take up that part of the market pretty quickly.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Liz
> >
> > I am aware of this Liz but corporate customers like to see support
> coming
> > from 'source'. There is also a bit of an unknown with 3rd party support
> > whereas MySQL's own support has a very good reputation and from personal
> > experience I know it to be second to none.
> >
> > Regards
> > John
> >
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