Excerpt from a timely MySQL reality check:
On the other hand, he also contends that more than 98% of the MySQL customer base consists of do-it-yourselfers who don’t pay any maintenance revenue to use the open-source software. Chowdhry contends revenue is likely not more than $50 million a year.
“Contacts tell us that for Oracle to get the Sun Microsystems acquisition approved, they will probably need to spin-off MySQL,” he writes. On the other hand, he says getting rid of MySQL should be viewed as a positive. “MySQL is a baggage, not an asset,” he writes.