The open source community has had a bit of a shock recently… When Oracle announced the takeover of Sun Microsystems the first thing that came into one’s mind was “What’s going to happen to Mysql?”
Now a few days ago many open source enthusiasts searched the Mysql site for its previously available source code, but to no avail !
Also to note Ken Jacobs an Oracle employee and Oracle’s liaison with the Mysql community for quite a few years retired on Friday. Jacobs hasn’t stated reasons for his departure but it is believed that him not being selected to run Mysql (which is now a part of Oracle) is one of the major reasons.
Jacobs was the man who ensured that Oracle’s takeover of InnoDB ( a storage engine for Mysql), wasn’t to try to kill Mysql. He helped maintain the peace which existed before the takeover.
Now about the missing source code. Most technologists believe that this is temporary. (I seriously hope so). This has created quite a flutter with people jus looking through the site in repeated intervals to see if its up again!
The only consolation we may have for now is the email Jacobs sent out during his departure.
I know that there are many people in the open source community who are concerned about Oracle’s plans for MySQL. They are wrong to worry. Oracle will keep its commitments to invest in MySQL, and help grow the business. Oracle will make MySQL better. Doing so gives Oracle a presence in new markets, and the resources and investment Oracle will make should mean great things for customers, as well as the larger community.
You will find Oracle a terrific place to work! I believe it is good for MySQL (the product, the company, the people and the community) that you are now part of a software company. And a database company. And a company that is profitable, and that innovates and delivers high customer satisfaction. That’s where MySQL belongs!
Lets cross our fingers and hope to god he was right!
Edward Screven, Oracle’s Chiefo Corporate Architect will be heading Mysql, and he will reporting directly to Oracle’s CEO Larry Elison. This may prove to be a bonus point for Mysql.
We’ll just have to wait and see what lays ahead for Mysql.