Saturday, June 14, 2003

Silicon Valley - Dan Gillmor's eJournal - MySQL Ascendant

Silicon Valley - Dan Gillmor's eJournal - MySQL Ascendant "Monty Widenius is the Helsinki-based chief technology officer and co-founder of MySQL, the open-source database software that is becoming one of the huge success stories in the genre. He's chief architect and guide for the development process, and is obviously pleased at how far the product has come since he started developing database software more than two decades ago.
MySQL has some 4 million users. Widenius' focus on ease of installation and backward compatibility, not just robust data-handling (which is essential), help make the software so popular. Increasingly, he says, it's being used in embedded systems."

Small world -- SAP recently licensed its DBMS technology to MySQL (details). SAP, which will still control twice as much of the ERP etc. market as Oracle even if the Oracle-PeopleSoft-JDE deals happen (unlikely), has essentially open-sourced its industrial-strength DBMS...
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