by Mike Masnick

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forks, mysql, open source

Will A New MySQL Rise From Former Employees?

from the open-source-wonders dept

With Oracle purchasing Sun, there's been some fretting over whether or not the company will harm MySQL (which Sun bought a few years back), as it's certainly a competitor to Oracle's core database product. My guess is that Oracle's a lot more interested in owning Java than harming MySQL, and am hopeful that Oracle recognizes the benefits of supporting MySQL. But, even if the company does go in the other direction, it's difficult to see much to worry about. The demand and opportunity for an open source database is so big, that others would quickly pop up (and, of course, there are already other open source databases out there -- some of which are already considered superior to MySQL). However, even more interesting is the news (pointed to us by Tim Lee) that many of MySQL's main developers have left the company (or are planning to), and one of MySQL's founders is already looking to hire other key MySQL developers to fork the software and keep on developing the software. Sometimes it's pretty difficult for a fork to get the attention it needs to survive, but certainly it can work, especially if there are concerns about the direction of the original product.

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    Jim Gaudet (profile), 24 Apr 2009 @ 7:26pm

    What's superior to MySQL

    and OpeNSource? Can you let me know, I would like to check them out.


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    Adam, 25 Apr 2009 @ 9:28am

    PHP Group, where art though

    Something tells me PHP developers wouldent allow MySQL to die. Sure, maybe it won't have the same name (PHPSQL anyone?), but the way that PHP would call the database would not change. MySQL is still the most widly-used database for PHP developers, and i doubt the PHP Group would allow for it to die off. Maybe by purchasing MySQL off from oracle would be the best solution at this time.

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    alternatives(), 26 Apr 2009 @ 9:52am

    If you're willing to use postgresql-specific extensions, you can use
    ILIKE (same as LIKE but case-insensitive) or the ~ and ~* operators for
    case-sensitive and case-insensitive POSIX regular expressions, respectively.

    The keyword ILIKE can be used instead of LIKE to make the match case insensitive according to the active locale. This is not in the SQL standard but is a PostgreSQL extension.

    Who cares about MySQL - just use PostgreSQL. Every argument I've seen against this is ignorance or laziness.

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    tukam, 23 May 2009 @ 6:11am


    "Omuntu" at work! It can never be operational without other wares interpolating.

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    Web Developer, 18 Dec 2010 @ 12:07am

    What is the legal aspect to open source

    I am not aware if there are some laws by which you can come up with a license which can force anyone to never commercialize anything with an intention of keeping open source and free at the start.

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