Rod Johnson, open source Java pioneer and general manager of VMware's new SpringSource division, has welcomed the commitment European regulators appear to have squeezed from Oracle over the future of MySQL. Rod Johnson, creator of the SpringSorce Framework, told The Reg that as the owner of MySQL's intellectual property, giant …
"Oracle has 48.9 per cent of the RDBMS market, according to Gartner, while MySQL is a number-one choice for web developers and embedded systems makers."
Gartner? So that's facts and figures plucked out of the air then. Having done a fair bit of embedded work, I've never seen MySQL used for a database in that application space. Berkeley DB and, more recently, SQLite certainly - but MySQL is too big and too much of a resource hog for a typical embedded application.
As for Oracle's market share, perhaps that figure's true of commercially licensed databases. However, common sense suggests it's only used as the data store for a minority of web facing applications - the number of which must dwarf the number of old style, conventional, in house data stores.