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MySQL Founders Reunite To Form SkySQL 215

Posted by timothy
from the together-again-at-last dept.
mikejuk writes "The founders of the original MySQL, the open-source database, are getting back together in a merger between Monty Program and SkySQL. SkySQL was created by around two dozen former MySQL executives and investors after Oracle bought MySQL from Sun. Widenius started Monty Program AB and created the MariaDB database from some of MySQL's open source code. The merger will provide a stronger rival to MySQL, so reassuring users who are worried about Oracle's future plans for the database."
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MySQL Founders Reunite To Form SkySQL

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  • by Jane Q. Public (1010737) on Thursday April 25, 2013 @12:25PM (#43547023)
    Yes. Especially since it's a "drop in" replacement for MySQL.

    I was already tempted. Now I'm pretty much convinced.
  • What a relief (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 25, 2013 @12:36PM (#43547133)

    Let's all back these guys so that they can sell us out a second time later down the road, when the community makes them successful again.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 25, 2013 @12:48PM (#43547261)

    Also remember that Executives and Investors want a ROI, and its hard to do that with an open source project like MariaDB.

    Erm, you're talking about the people who sold the open source MySQL to Sun for $1BN... They know there's money in open source databases....

  • Re:Stronger rival? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by shugah (881805) on Thursday April 25, 2013 @01:05PM (#43547429)
    MySQL (or MariaDB, or SkySQL) are not suitable for use in banking, but the vast majority of database applications don't have the same requirements of banks. Banks have extremely high data integrity, retention and security requirements. Armoured cars have extremely high security and cargo integrity and retention requirements. But vast majority of transportation applications don't require armoured cars.

    MySQL is demonstrably scaleable and is secure and robust enough for the vast majority of applications. It is used extensively in health care - which has fairly high privacy and data retention requirements. It's a matter of using the right tool for the right application. Sledge hammers are useful for breaking concrete, not so much for framing. Statements like "because banks don't use MySQL, you shouldn't either" are just ignorant.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 25, 2013 @01:27PM (#43547635)

    MySQL was sold to *Sun*, who were good stewards of the code and community. Then Sun was taken over by Oracle.

  • Stay away (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 25, 2013 @01:36PM (#43547713)

    Because the people who came up with MySQL shouldn't be touching PostgreSQL code.

  • Re:What a relief (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Gothmolly (148874) on Thursday April 25, 2013 @02:35PM (#43548395)

    Meanwhile, their work allows you to become successful, FOR FREE... so you know, they're definitely screwing you.

  • Re:What a relief (Score:2, Insightful)

    by BitZtream (692029) on Thursday April 25, 2013 @03:18PM (#43548755)

    Yes, ... it'll outclass MySQL in no time ... or rather, negative time, since it has been clearly superior to MySQL for years in every way. The only thing that keeps MySQL popular is people who don't know what they are doing, which it does fine for.

  • by BitZtream (692029) on Thursday April 25, 2013 @03:24PM (#43548819)

    Heh, beauty.

    What you call beauty, the rest of the world refers to as a worthless side project, and hence why Oracle dropped work on it.

    You guys think this is a good thing, you're too stupid to realize this is just another example of why a business wants nothing to do with GPL'd software. They can dump a metric fuckton of money into it and then watch the prick who made it walk out the door and take it to someone else and do the same thing.

    You have to be stupid to invest in GPL software.

  • Re:What a relief (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Bacon Bits (926911) on Thursday April 25, 2013 @05:36PM (#43550223)

    A number of developers familiar with MySQL fire up PostgreSQL or MS SQL Server or Oracle, try it out for awhile, find that they get a ton of errors that they don't understand because MySQL let them get away with egregious idiocy, and then retreat back to MySQL.

    Source: used to be me.

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