Originally Posted by hem853
MySQL easily, with the release of 5.1 and the upcoming version 6, I believe MySQL is the only Open Source RDBMS listed that can seriously compete with the likes of Oracle, SQL Server and DB2.
People may criticise MySQL but it is out there in enterprises of all sizes flying the flag for open source very successfully and taking business directly off the big commercial solutions.
You don't get to have more active installations than all other RDBMS without doing your job and doing it well.
Competing with Oracle wasn't the question; Open Source was...
But according to C/Net
, MySQL is only FREE if you use it with other FREE software (the F[L]OSS Exception). Linking headers and binaries suddenly either 1) makes MY product Open Source or 2) requires I PAY for it.
I guess it's open source if you don't include the Proprietary Enterprise Edition, the Licensing Fee (which by definition is NOT Open), or I let them take MY software and give it away.
MySQL used to do a good job and had a good product; I used it for years (still have one legacy 4.X installation I can do away with yet). But I read Monty's post about how...er..."good" 5.1 was/is. The reason they continue to have so many installations is that they have/had the beachhead.
So, when Sun folds like a lawn chair
, what's going to happen with MySQL?? That merger was the worst thing to happen to MySQL.