Wow, the rumors were true. Oracle is snapping up Open Source Database
companies now. First it was Innobase (see Oracle buys Innobase. MySQL
between rock and hard place?) and now it's Sleepycat Software.
The purchase of Sleepycat, which has been rumored for weeks, gives
Oracle another open-source product to complement its proprietary
database offerings. At an investor conference last week, Oracle CEO
Larry Ellison reiterated the company's strategy to generate revenue from
a combination of open-source and proprietary software.
They produce and support the famed Berkeley DB embedded database engine
and have radically improved it's features since the version 1.x days.
Nowadays you get a small, fast, transactional database engine with
industrial grade reliability and replication.
From: Jeremy Cole [mailto:jeremy.cole@stripped] On Behalf Of
Sent: Monday, November 26, 2007 11:15 PM
To: Shanmugam, Dhandapani
Cc: Martijn Tonies; MySql
Subject: Re: Oracle is acquiring...............................
I wouldn't say the Sleepycat/BDB acquisition had anything to do with
MySQL. BDB is much more useful *outside* of MySQL, and has a much
bigger market there anyway. The BDB storage engine is all but useless.
As for Innobase/InnoDB, their motives are still unclear. :)
Shanmugam, Dhandapani wrote:
> What is the reason for Oracle to detain Mysql Features like BDB,
> INNODB...? Is there any Hidden Market strategies for that....
> Thanks & Regards ,
> Dhandapani S
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Martijn Tonies [mailto:m.tonies@stripped]
> Sent: Monday, November 26, 2007 7:41 PM
> To: MySql
> Subject: Re: Oracle is acquiring...............................
>> surely mysql would just fork the last gpl innodb release if they got
>> bummed by oracle...
> I doubt if they can -- from the InnoDB website:
> The GPLv2 License
> The GNU General Public License version 2, under which both MySQL and
> InnoDB are published, does not allow, without permission from MySQL AB
> and Innobase Oy, linking of InnoDB and MySQL, or the client libraries
> of MySQL, to a product which you distribute but which does not itself
> satisfy the GNU GPLv2 license.
> So if Innobase doesn't grant MySQL permission, they have no leg to
> stand on.
> Either way, I think Falcon is the future if you want to stay with
> MySQL only,
> other options are available if you want to go 3rd party...
> Martijn Tonies
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