Problems ahead for MySQL?

Michael “Monty” Widenius, creator of MySQL, is concerned about the future of the open source database under the stewardship of Oracle.

This follows the Oracle’s planned takeover of Sun Microsystems, which itself acquired MySQL AB in February 2008.

The Oracle-Sun deal has been approved by US regulators, but has not yet been approved by the EC due to concerns about MySQL.

Monty is asking readers of his blog “urgently to help save MySQL from Oracle’s clutches“. He details the current situation, and urges everyone to act quickly to support MySQL.

MySQL is the database used by WordPress, and if the scenario outlined by Monty comes to pass, I can see problems on the horizon.

Categories: Computing, Web


  1. Avatar Mastermute

    This might of course become a problem, but it’s my belief that it won’t have a huge impact on WordPress, execpt in a transition phase.

    MySQL won’t disappear off the face of the earth.

    And WordPress core will have plenty of time to move to another database, or even support multiple databases. Maybe something good will come out of this.

    It would be much worse if PHP was facing the same issue…

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