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Re: What can we learn from MySQL?

From: Josh Berkus <josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com>
To: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: PostgreSQL advocacy <pgsql-advocacy(at)postgreSQL(dot)org>
Subject: Re: What can we learn from MySQL?
Date: 2004-04-23 17:03:17
Message-ID: 200404231003.17380.josh@agliodbs.com (view raw or flat)
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Bruce,

Hmmm ... lessons of MySQL:

-- Marketing matters more than technical quality
   (not news, Microsoft taught us that)
-- You can often get away with pretending to have features
   you don't actually have with enough spin
   (Microsoft also outshines MySQL in this area)
-- Educated Database Administrators are in short supply,
   and as a result nobody cares about the SQL standard or
   relational theory anymore
   (Fabian Pascal could have told you that; according to him, 
    the whole DB industry has been in steady decline since 1994)
-- Commerical companies are uncomfortable with Real Open Source,
   and prefer the pseudo-open-source offered by dual-licensing
   companies
   
This last lesson was really driven home to me at the Open Source Business 
Convention; managers were slavering all over "dual licensing" as the "new 
model of open source."   When I pointed out that there's another name for 
dual licensing -- "shareware" -- I got some real uncomfortable silences.   
Seems that a lot of companies want the fruits of Open Source without changing 
the way they do business at all.  Big surprise, eh?


-- 
Josh Berkus
Aglio Database Solutions
San Francisco

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