MySQL so busy becoming PostgreSQL it forgets its community

Posted by Sander_Marechal on Apr 23, 2008 2:33 PM EDT
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The best storage engine for MySQL is by far InnoDB (and yes some applications can live with MyISAM only, but that's not the point). InnoDB (now part of Oracle) is also dual-licensed and has had an agreement with MySQL for several years now. On the surface everything is looking smooth. n practice it doesn't work quite that way: First because InnoDB hot-backup feature for instance has never been open source released. So contrary to the recent brouhaha, MySQL has fostered proprietary components for a long time. Second because even so SUN at large has a good relationship with Oracle when it comes to selling Oracle DB on SUN servers, it is unlikely that SUN will let its pricey acquisition be driven (through InnoDB/Oracle) by an outsider. Conversely, the day Oracle perceives MySQL+InnoDB as a threat, the existing agreement won't be renewed.

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