Oracle To Buy Sun – WTF – Will This Kill Java, OpenOffice, MySql?

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mysqlOracle one of the largest developers of database solutions is looking to purchase Sun.

This may seem like a nothing announcement but it could well play out in all of our lives.

Today most Internet websites rely on MySql as the backend database that stores our content. WordPress, Drupal, Shopping Carts and just about any piece of software whether small or large stores their data in a MySql database.

In 2007 Oracle’s Own Database solution was 23% of the market Microsoft had 24% and the open source project MySQL had 29% of the market.

Since more companies have been trying to save money in the past 2 years the number of MySQL users has gone up proportionally to the cutbacks in IT departments. Something has to go and if there is a free solution that can handle the job you know people are picking MySql over anything else.

This is not to say there haven’t or aren’t other solutions out there that could see the same Open Source push but most designers that had time to add  to a project decided years ago to choose MySql just because shared resources should be placed in one pool as to not waste time and effort.

Coming in the back door recently Sun purchased MySql and the project up to now has not seen any lack of support. Probably because Sun stayed out of the projects way.

Many people including us were skeptical about whether or not MySql would continue after the Sun Purchase but with Oracle buying up all of Sun’s Assets it will be reasonable to see office politics at Oracle will kill some of MySql.

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison in a press release said “There are substantial long-term strategic customer advantages to Oracle owning two key Sun software assets: Java and Solaris,”

Solaris??? Who the hell uses Solaris but some antiquated Government project.

Either you are running Linux FreeBSD or Windows as a backend. THIS IS THE FACT . Solaris although a great solution in the late 1980’s early 90’s is no where near the same OS as any of the Free or Microsoft solutions if you need Microsoft’s Technology in your Business setting.

This buyout of the largest Database Project by a Database Company that is Failing is nothing less then a Psychotic Joke but it is one that will play out on EVERY internet webserver and many backend systems used in large businesses.

So what the heck do we do now???

Well many of us will turn to solutions like PostgreSQL because most applications can be ported with few problems but this still means litterly BILLIONS of man hours to convert systems to work with other calls and to redeploy / migrate databases.