The MySQL Connect sessions may have been just a small part of the massive Oracle OpenWorld conference that they helped kick off this year, but the message from Oracle's MySQL team is that the open source database is thriving and its community is as strong as ever, despite mounting competition. "A lot of people thought that …
Oracle shouldn't care about the switchers
to MariaDB etc.. at least for a good long time, likely those were not paying Oracle customers anyway. The ones that really care about the open community etc also are not likely to be paying Oracle customers(now or any time in the future).
Obviously there's quite a bit of value in the MySQL brand which will keep the momentum going for some time.
It will be interesting to see the rate of innovation out of Oracle MySQL vs the community forks, given the resources Oracle seems to have put into MySQL.
What would perhaps get my attention is if the community folks ditched Oracle InnoDB in favor of something more open. Would be interesting to see how that might work out.
Re: Oracle shouldn't care about the switchers
Some interesting points.
We're at a crossroads of potentially ditching MySQL for MariaDB or TokuDB because on the face of it, they appear to have better replication facilities.. but this still needs testing, so we'll see!
Joker: "And where is the Batman (Larry)?"
This might bite.
"We don't see forks of MySQL as anything that we need to focus on in a strategic perspective,"
This comment might well be worth keeping for a while so as to roll out if and when MariaDB takes over MySQL's position in the LAMP stack.
As said by others maybe Oracle does not care about those users who use the FOSS version of MySQL. After all, Oracle is in this business for the money. What they may be missing is mind share. Get junior devs. used to working with MariaDB and chances are they will stick to it.
Saying that MariaDB is a downstream project also seems to be a bit simplistic. After all Monty Widenius was the creator of MySQL so he should know the ins and outs of the program and have a good idea of where to take it in the future. It's not like a newcomer having to suss things out before making enhancements.
So, maybe Ulin was taking the company line in appearing to be unconcerned about the competition, but it may be that he was whistling in the wind and Oracle can see the value of MySQL going down the drain.
Those 50 billion devices....
Are more likely to be running SQLite or a prop db than MySQL.