Various Anniversaries

This week, ten years ago, I was in London for MySQL AB‘s first “train the trainer” course, also meeting (for the first time) my first boss at MySQL Kaj. I’d been hired mid August as employee#25, also doing training but actually primarily as tech-writer for the MySQL documentation (taking over from Jeremy Cole, and essentially […]

Wikileaks Cable Offers New Insights Into Oracle-Sun Deal | PCWorld Business Center

WikiLeaks Cable Offers New Insights into Oracle-Sun Deal (PC World) Nothing too new or shocking in there, but the cable does offer some interesting insights.

Petition for MySQL consideration in Oracle+Sun merger

MySQL requires special consideration in the Oracle+Sun merger, otherwise both Oracle and MySQL users and vendors will literally pay the price. If you agree, please sign this petition now. To be very clear, Open Query is in favour of the merger, we feel that overall it’s a good fit. We would also like to see it […]

The Future of MySQL (EU Crunch Time)

You’ve probably seen Monty’s post Help Saving MySQL. This is about Development (will Oracle put significant effort into MySQL, actually innovating) Brand (“MySQL” has a huge footprint), the trademark owner can enforce this – there have already been issues with companies offering MySQL related services via Google AdWords not being able to use the word […]

Possible movement in the Oracle/Sun/MySQL/EU case

From NY Post: Oracle Leader Blinks – Larry’s Olive Branch (to the EU), the NYpost sources apparently say that “what [...] Ellison is proposing is the creation of a firewall between MySQL and the rest of the combined company, and possibly setting up an entirely separate board for the MySQL business.” There is no independent […]

Market share vs market impact

This is very relevant in the context of the EU probe of the Oracle-Sun takeover. MySQL’s share of the database market, which is usually measured by revenue, is of course peanuts and estimated range from half a percent to something slightly more. Peanuts. This is not surprising, considering an estimated 999 out of every 1000 […]

EU probes Oracle’s bid to buy Sun

It appears that little MySQL has just become a disproportionally big player in the Oracle-Sun takeover deal…. article by Associated Press: EU probes Oracle’s bid to buy Sun notes: EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said Thursday that regulators needed to examine the effect of a deal “when the world’s biggest proprietary database company proposes to […]

MySQL docs freedom

As you may or may not know, long long ago (in this universe) I used to be the MySQL documentation team  Yes, a team of one. This was 2001. It was a great and interesting time. The current much extended team is doing a great job with the now much bigger set of docs! Today, […]

Oracle agrees to buy Sun

See Oracle Agrees to Acquire Sun Microsystems (NY Times, 20 April 2009). Wellwell, that’s quite interesting, isn’t it… as to what it means for MySQL, ZFS, OpenSolaris, OpenOffice.org, VirtualBox, Java, and numerous other tidbits, that remains to be seen. It must be a buzzy kind of day at the MySQL Users Conference 2009, with this news […]