Oracle's takeover of Sun - What could be the future?

This is just a mix of so many thoughts floating around in a Java developers head, so forgive me if it doesn't make much sense to you. A few days back we were wondering about future of Sun with IBM. Oracle's small price difference also made a big difference for Sun in this falling market.

This is certainly a big news for any Java professional. Very first question which comes in my mind is - What happens to MySQL? Well now that Oracle owns it they will try to find out better ways to make money out of it. MySQL is used by so many applications and Oracle may want to leverage on its popularity but at the same time they would want the high revenue Oracle database to keep sailing.

"MySQL will be an addition to Oracle’s existing suite of database products, which already includes Oracle Database 11g, TimesTen, Berkeley DB open source database, and the open source transactional storage engine, InnoDB," says an Oracle FAQ about the acquisition.

I think its sounds good but doesn't make business sense. Oracle and MySQL are clear competetor in few areas and the company may need to think about chosing one or other in long run, and I am sure it can not be Oracle.

What happens to Oracle's crazy dead slow forms which were developed in Java and suck big time? I guess it will never improve.

Some people were happy to see IBM acquiring Sun due to its great technology background. Now when its Oracle, people think it is going to be bad for the open source world as Oracle may try find out ways to make money out of this and as a result there may not be lot of free/open source available to Java world.

As we all know Sun had already fired more then 2800 employees so far this year in budget-cutting moves. Several key people from Sun have already left(before IBM talks started), and others are perplexed and not sure about alternatives in near future.

Well I guess it doesn't matter, in the end they are all here to do business and make profit.


  1. The main goal of MySQL was and still is to provide end users with an escape path from expensive DBMS licenses and maintenance fees. Oracle DBMS is great technology but once they get their hand on your oxygen mask you must breathe only when they tell you to. It's an interesting dilemma for Oracle since they can't afford to kill MySQL and they can't afford to let it live.
    Most likely MySQL will be forked and (most of the) people will chose to avoid Oracle if they can.

  2. Why are we worrying so much about MySQL. Oralce had acquired Sleepycat (BerkeleyDB) a few years back and nothing bad happened to it. Now why are we concerned about MySQL

  3. And why is absolutely nobody blaming mysql team for choosing such license that can be bought and sold? They played the game of "open source" yet not all the way. All mysql users now pay the price - if there is any to pay.

    I'm using postgresql and happy with it.

  4. what would happen to Weblogic, Glassfish, Oracle AppServer ...all of them are in same area? Should oracle now start thinking of one good server instead of keep all crazy with one or other issues...

  5. They should start thinking about coming up with fewer options...i dont think people would like to buy weblogic from same company where glassfish is available for free, and they can't really say one is better to other...

  6. I'm concerned because Oracle is known to charge everything. You can't charge on opensource. I love mysql and would hate to migrate to postgresql.

    But hey, make me and i will!


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