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Re: Oracle to buy Sun

From: Scott Mead <scott(dot)lists(at)enterprisedb(dot)com>
To: Melanie <melanie(at)dunslane(dot)net>
Cc: Gabriele Bartolini <gabriele(dot)bartolini(at)2ndquadrant(dot)it>, pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Oracle to buy Sun
Date: 2009-04-20 14:06:50
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On Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 9:36 AM, Melanie <melanie(at)dunslane(dot)net> wrote:

> You'd have to think MySql's demise is highly likely which would likely be a
> good thing for PostgeSQL, more demand for non-oracle licenses and lower
> costs in todays economy means people will look for ways to reduce price with
> a good database and PostgreSQL will be a respected solution.


I would tend to disagree that it will die.  The recent new release of innodb
(
http://www.innodb.com/wp/2009/03/11/innodb-plugin-version-103-for-mysql-5130-32-33-released/)
suggests that Oracle is not really interested in letting mysql die
completely.  If I had to guess, I would say that mysql would probably be
somewhat revitalized by the acquisition.  Sun has typically tended to be
where good ideas go to suffer a lengthy death... Oracle moves deceptively
yet true to its convictions, and never without a keen eye for the market.

  My guess?  Oracle drops a few dollars on innodb, maybe even a few back
into Mysql, and pushes it to new heights in the open source RDBMS world.  I
see some tough competition for postgres coming up, but hey, competition has
been known to drive innovation before.  I would say competitive times lay
ahead.

Just my two pennies :)

--Scott

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