I am astonished that this attitude could exist in the open source
world. MySQL has *always* been open source, since the early days when
it was a handful of us lurking on Monty's mailing list waiting
breathlessly for the next feature to be released so we could release
the projects we had built against them.
I was in the Msql camp when the author of that pioneering product
(Bambi?) retired the project and Monty graciously agreed to absorb the
tool set into MySql. This involved the stewardship of a few thousand
lines of C.. but this decision allowed 10's of thousands of web
developers to keep building the 5 and dime sites that evolved the
The whole bloody point of open source software, and I do mean the
whole bloody point is that *everybody* has access to the core software
they need with no cost beyond that of making the effort to learn to
use it. Everyone can contribute and those contributions are evaluated
on technical considerations alone. It is true democracy. It is a
technological movement which has done as much to put real power into
the hands of everyday people as 200 years of social movements have
Are we such sheep that we leave this in the hands of the highest bidder?
- michael dykman
On Sun, Dec 13, 2009 at 11:23 AM, Neil Aggarwal <neil@stripped> wrote:
>> I do not
>> see anyone willing to put up anything to support mysql... you
>> don't like
>> it... put up a billion dollars an take control or shut the heck up!
> Assuming MySQL as it stands today is 100% open source,
> I think an easier path is to create a new project from
> the currently existing sources. Call it something else,
> dbXYZ for instance. Then, Oracle can do anything it
> wants to MySQL.
> I am pretty sure if Michael leads the project, the open
> source community will follow.
> Can that be done or did I miss something?
> If that is the case, what can Oracle really do
> to hurt MySQL?
> I am not against what Micheal is proposing. I already
> sent my letter to the EC. I am asking this for my
> own edification.
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