MySQL declines to comment on engine strategy

Computer Business Review writes: MySQL did not respond to a request for comment by press time but last week stated that it continues to negotiate with Oracle on an extension to the existing MySQL/InnoDB relationship, is working “internally and with partners on a number of alternative transactional engines” and plans “to provide more details about our storage engine strategy and roadmap at the MySQL users conference in April.”

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It's Open Season

Information Week writes: “After Oracle bought the Finnish owner of InnoDB, MySQL talked with Sleepycat about using Berkeley DB. Thanks to the Sleepycat deal, MySQL is back talking with Oracle about renewing its InnoDB license. MySQL has other options, says Zack Urlocker, VP of marketing, including tapping another open-source database or developing its own high-speed backup engine.”

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The open source ripple effect

As the industry continues to digest what Oracle’s acquisition of Sleepycat means for MySQL and its open source plans, Bruce Perens has an interesting take on the impact of proprietary vendors acquiring their way into open source

Oracle’s potential purchase of JBoss, he notes, can be seen as a move against BEA, which has made its own moves to open source previously proprietary work to protect its position against JBoss.


What has happened to the Open Source Database Consortium?

A while ago, people from the major Open Source database systems have met to form the Open Source Database Consortium – that was in October 2005.

OK, that’s not that long ago, but I hope that the ambitions to co-operate aren’t over again. It was told that a website will be created at

MySQL’s response to Oracle’s moves

I’ve recently written two articles on this topic for Database Journal, the earlier, written after the InnoDB purchase, entitled Oracle’s purchase of InnoDB, their release of Oracle Express, and the effect on MySQL, and the most recent, just after the Sleepycat purchase, entitled Pressure on MySQL increases as Oracle purchases Sleepycat, with more to come.

Since I only do a monthly column for Database Journal, and things change quite quickly, I thought I’d post a few more thoughts on the topic.

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