In the recently released DB FreeMagazine edition #8, Firebird is on 3 of the 5 articles of the magazine. DB FreeMagazine is a free eletronic magazine in portuguese.
Forrester Research Inc.'s analyst Noel Yuhanna projects that mission-critical deployments of open source databases will increase by 20% this year. It is that growth that Yuhanna believes will drive the OSS database market from $300 million now to the $1 billion mark by 2008.
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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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“I’m almost certain that you wont see any integration of firebird into mysql (and I don’t think the firebird community would really want that anyway), but it’s probably worth keeping an eye on as this sure looks like mysql’s play to get out from under the shadow of the recent oracle maneuvers, and so will have an effect on how the mainstream tech market looks at all open source db’s.”
Robert Treat wrote in his blog
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
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That will be interesting: Marten Mikos is on record as being against software patents and MySQL AB is a big sponsor of the European “no software patents” movement.
Jim Starkey on the other hand is on record defending software patents and has applied for patents on several of his creations. Presumably, Marten acquired those patents as well.
It will be interesting to see how MySQL will license out those patents, considering their earlier opposition to the very concept of software patents.
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Article on NewsForge
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 www.osdbconsortium.org.
There’s nothing to see except a “Just a web page” note. I haven’t heard any news about this since October – I believe, it would be nice if MySQL, PostgreSQL, Firebird etc. could do some things together. That would certainly be more welcoming than any deal with a proprietary database vendor.
Read more on :Markus Popp’s blog
Some more links so you can spend your whole day reading news 🙂
Pressure on MySQL increases as Oracle purchases Sleepycat, with more to come
Users unworried by Oracle’s purchase of Sleepycat
Don’t cry for me oh mySQL (the truth is Oracle can’t have you)
The Oracle “monopoly”
Oracle Acquires HotSip AB
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.