Dana Blankenhorn sees these technologies as notably understated also-rans in the acquisition:
I don’t think mySQL or Java are being given a high value in the deal’s paperwork. Although it will be fun for Oracle to meet all those companies that ditched it for the cheaper open source alternative, and some will shout “antitrust” as a result — in which case Oracle can just spin it out.
For Patrick Thibodeau, the questions about Oracle and MySQL remain a bit murky:
But what will become of Sun’s many other technologies? For one, Ellison barely mentioned the MySQL open-source database, a rival to Oracle’s flagship software that Sun acquired last year. No questions were taken during the conference call, making it impossible to press Ellison on that issue.
While Matt Woodward offers:
Don’t understand the FUD about MySQL. It’s GPL, people–if the community wants it to continue, it’ll continue, no matter what Oracle does.
One thing is for sure: people are talking. And whether it’s Brian Aker’s Drizzle talk, Kurt von Finck’s insight, other proposed MySQL and Java talks, the unconference topics, or simply hacker lounge chatter, there’s absolutely no doubt that this will continue to be a topic of discussion when you’re in Portland in June.
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