Widenius Warns Against MySQL Falling Into Oracle's Hands
A user sent us a blog post from MySQL co-founder Monty Widenius calling for help to "save MySQL from Oracle's clutches."
While the US DoJ approved Oracle's purchase
of Sun back in August, the European Commission has been less forthcoming
. Widenius points out that Oracle has been using their customers to put pressure on the EC, and he questions Oracle's commitment to MySQL, saying their vague promises aren't good enough. He writes:
"Oracle has NOT promised (as far as I know and certainly not in a legally binding manner):
- To keep (all of) MySQL under an open source license;
- Not to add closed source parts, modules or required tools;
- To not raise MySQL license or MySQL support prices;
- To release new MySQL versions in a regular and timely manner;
- To continue with dual licensing and always provide affordable commercial licenses to MySQL to those who needs them (to storage vendors and application vendors) or provide MySQL under a more permissive license;
- To develop MySQL as an Open Source project;
- To actively work with the community;
- Apply submitted patches in a timely manner;
- To not discriminate patches that make MySQL compete more with Oracle's other products;
- To ensure that MySQL is improved also in manners that make it compete even more with Oracle's main offering."
This is, of course, one of the reasons open source licenses are so useful and so powerful: anyone can fork the code and keep developing the software, no matter what Oracle does or doesn't do.