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Re: Oracle buying Sleepycat, JBoss, and

From: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: "Marc G(dot) Fournier" <scrappy(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Cc: Josh Berkus <josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com>, pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org, Cornelia Boenigk <poppcorn(at)cornelia-boenigk(dot)de>
Subject: Re: Oracle buying Sleepycat, JBoss, and
Date: 2006-02-12 18:13:49
Message-ID: 200602121813.k1CIDnt11497@candle.pha.pa.us (view raw or flat)
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Marc G. Fournier wrote:
> On Sat, 11 Feb 2006, Bruce Momjian wrote:
> 
> > This highlights one of our vulnerabilities.  Oracle bought InnoDB to 
> > attack MySQL, and we don't think we have a similar vulnerability.
> >
> > But there is so little money made in open source that small amounts of 
> > money (by Oracle standards) can easily gain control over companies that 
> > have embedded themselves in open source projects.  Basically, to the 
> > extent these purchases can be used to harm MySQL, they can be used to 
> > harm us too.
> 
> How?  What external projects (or companies) do we rely on for our code 
> base?  As far as I know, we've been very careful about this, with the 
> biggest one that ever gets mentioned time and again being the whole 
> readline stuff ...

Ah, it isn't what we rely on, but the tools and languages our users rely
on to make PostgreSQL useful.

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