[TriLUG] This is not good
hartsock at acm.org
Tue Apr 21 08:28:55 EDT 2009
So far the dominant concerns seem to be over MySQL, NetBeans, and GlassFish.
Java is fully Open Source now (or really really close thanks to iced
tea according to the buzz on the TriJUG list) which means Java is
probably "safe" and it sounds like there is a large enough community
between IBM, RedHat, and other big players that if Oracle pulled
something really drastic that left the rest of community behind we
would see a Java fork. In fact you might interpret the version of Java
in the Google App Engine as the first major fork of Java (that
intentionally deviates from the defacto standard).
The reason folks are concerned about MySQL is obviously because Oracle
has its own DB.
The reason folks are concerned about NetBeans is that Oracle has JBuilder.
The reason folks are concerned about GlassFish is that Oracle has its
own Application Server.
Each is technology is open sourced meaning that if enough people have
sour grapes over something Oracle does they can fork it. Obviously the
best thing to do is to keep the community together. But...
On Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 8:27 AM, Lee Fickenscher <elfick at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 12:27 AM, mgmonza <mgmonza at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Oracle buys MySql:
>> I just can't see Oracle letting the competition to its
>> multi-thousand-dollar per user per site per release per product software run
>> around free anymore.
>> That leaves PostgreSql as the only free SQL database, I believe. It's too
>> bad, because at least one agency here that was a heavy user of Oracle and
>> GIS went to MySQL and Minnesota Maps in an effort to save money.
> I'm confused. Isn't MySQL licensed under the GPL? If so, why the concern? If
> Oracle kills it, the community just picks up the last GPL release, renames
> it, and drives on. That is one of the big benefits of the GPL.
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