MySQL to Fight Oracle With Fire(bird)?

“I’m very happy that Jim, Ann and Taneli have joined MySQL AB,” said Michael “Monty” Widenius, the company’s co-founder, in a statement.

“There is plenty of work to go around, and with their combined experience, they can help us deliver on all the plans that we haven’t had time to pursue yet — and also supply us with lots of fresh new ideas.”

Read the full article here.

My note: The article says that Jim is involved with Firebird since 2000. This is not true. Jim got involved with Firebird only when IBPhoenix hired him to develop Vulcan.

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Exclusive interview with Ann Harrison

Here is a recent interview I did with Ann, by email. I hope this can clarify a bit more the recent moves regarding Ann, Jim, Firebird and MySQL.

FBNews: In Jim’s recent announcementmessage, he says that you will be working for MySQL AB too. Are you officially employed at MySQL AB? If so, what is your currently role there?

Ann: Yes, I’m working half time for MySQL as a senior architect. In other words, I critique designs and try to make the system fit together smoothly.

FBNews: As you are one of IBPhoenix owners, how do you plan to handle working for two databases that are, in some way, competitors? Are you considering leaving IBPhoenix?

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MySQL Scores the Brains Behind Firebird

eWeek article bring some more info about recent moves:

“MySQL and Firebird will continue as two distinct code bases,” said Steve Curry, a spokesperson for MySQL, in an e-mail exchange.
“Any MySQL projects that [Starkey] is involved in will be based on new work, not re-use of existing Firebird or InterBase code. Firebird is a fine product, one that we do not see as a competitor.”

Read the full article at eWeek.

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SAS business grow 22% in Brazil

The invoicing of the year 2005 was of 1,68 billion dollars, growth of 10% compared to the previous year. Of this sum, 46% had come of the Americas region, where Brazil is inserted. In Brazil, the growth was of 22%. Read more here (in portuguese).

As you should know, SAS is the company who sponsored VULCAN development. They use a customized engine of Firebird in their products.

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MySQL acquires development vendor and Firebird expertise

“It’s not clear at this stage precisely what roles Starkey or Harrison will have at Uppsala, Sweden-based MySQL, but the blogoshere is alive with suggestions that they will help the company to plug the perceived transactional engine hole left following Oracle’s purchase of Innobase Oy in October 2005. Innobase was home to InnoDB, MySQL’s storage engine of choice.”

Read more here.

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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.”

Read more here

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