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04/06/06
Oracle Scares Me
Filed under: Ramblings, Computers & Internet
Posted by: Tim @ 5:58 pm

Oracle recently purchased Innobase Oy, a company that created the InnoDB database engine, which powers mySQL.  mySQL is a fairly powerful database that many, many web sites - including many free open-source web tools like blogs, wikis, etc. - use to manage content.  This scares me.  I don’t have all the details, but my gut reaction is that Oracle wants to eventually kill mySQL or make mySQL and competitors charge much more money since they are currently free/cheap and compete directly with Oracle products, taking market share.  They already have a database of their own, so why buy InnoDB?  Oracle says they “embrace open source”, but Larry Ellison has openly stated something to the efect that it’s not good enough just to beat the competition - he wants to utterly crush them (my paraphrase).  He’s insanely wealthy and competitive and my guess is that if there is no huge profit motive, they would not be making moves like this.  It remains to be seen how Oracle handles this, but I don’t trust Larry Ellison one bit.

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