I was surprised to read Monty Widenius’s plea to help save MySQL.
On the one hand clearly I sympathize and want to keep MySQL free. I am not entirely sure how that’s not already possible given that there’s always the option of forking, but I’ll leave that aside.
However, I don’t really get what Oracle is doing wrong here. In my opinion, Monty should have made sure when MySQL was sold to Sun to get all the things he’s now asking Oracle to commit to in writing. Sure, Sun didn’t have a competing product. But Sun is a company, and to not even consider that the company you’re selling to can be taken over by any other company, or can sell off your product to some other company, seems pretty dumb to me. Who were the other rumoured potential buyers of Sun ? IBM was one of them, no ? They have a database, no ? That database gets hurt by MySQL in the market as well, no ?
So, since I’m just an armchair commentator, I don’t really know what to do here. What do you guys think ? Surely I’m missing something obvious about what Oracle is doing.