Some Thoughts on the Oracle Takeover of Sun
February 28, 2010
I am a pretty big fan of VirtualBox and use Mysql a lot, so I must admit the takeover of Sun by Oracle was a sad day for me. (Yeah I know in Internet Time it happened a long time ago, I have been busy :D)
When I was in school, my first database class used Oracle, but I really didn’t like the interface of it, nor did I like their restrictive enterprise business model, with the standard version being restrictive and less secure. So, having already been familiar with Mysql, I made a point to take the rest of my credits in classes that used Mysql.
Now that Oracle owns Mysql, which is one of the biggest competitors to their own for profit closed source Database, I can not help but think that this is going to have a major impact on Mysql’s Future.
I have not always been the biggest fan of Sun, mostly because I prefer C++ to Java, but with that said, I have done a lot of Java development and really like how easy it is to make a cross platform program that works in Linux, Windows, and Mac OSX. This kind of makes up for the performance issues and general Kindergarten feel of Java, which are the two main issues I have with it.
However, despite some of my trepidations about Java, I still had a great deal of respect for Sun and its products, because they were a tremendous asset to the Open Source Community. So, suffice it to say, that I was not just sad about loosing Mysql and VirtualBox to Oracle, but also at the end of Sun as a Company.
Now it is possible that Oracle will step up to the plate and continue to live up to the ideals that Sun did, but I can not help but think that as they now own the chief competitor to their for profit database, development for Mysql will be halted or at the very least cut back on so as to make the Oracle Enterprise Database the full version and the Mysql one the scaled back version.
I guess ultimately, this means that it is time for a Fork or to support one of the existing Forks, such as Drizzle or MariaDB. The latter, MariaDB is being developed with the support of Monty Widenius, who was the founder of Mysql and the lead developer of MariaDB.
I wish Sun could have made it through these tough times…