While the future of MySQL is unknown, I haven't had time to keep up with the known effects that Oracle has had on MySQL since it was bought from SUN.

Have there been changes of note, either by Oracle (or the MySQL community) since the deal became public?

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Obligatory disclosure: I have worked for MySQL AB/Sun Microsystems & Percona (I never worked for Oracle). I'm now independent, and have no shares/remaining stake-holdings in any. I do however acknowledge that I have a stake holding in MySQL succeeding in general, as I have invested time in a specific skill-set.

It used to upset me how features were decided at MySQL... How was it decided that partitioning was a critical feature for 5.1, but backup totally missed the radar?

There seemed to be a bunch of low hanging fruit (years old bugs) that were not being addressed, and I was always cynical that unless it could check off a box on a features grid, it would never be handled.

There was a bit of talk, but no indication it was any better under Sun's management. However, now that Oracle is in control, several years old bugs are being addressed, performance has become a feature, and I actually find really compelling reasons to upgrade to 5.5 and 5.6.

I feel awkward having to defend one of the world's biggest software companies, but they're really not getting enough praise. Instead everyone is making claims they are somehow screwing the project. Most of the projects they 'screwed' made no commercial sense to them... however they make a non trivial amount of money on OEM licenses and subscriptions/professional services for MySQL.

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    I now work for Oracle (since Sept 2013). Finding this was fun. Commented May 14, 2014 at 22:29
  • So they bought you over?
    – Pacerier
    Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 14:20
  • They doubled the size of the engineering team. I liked what they were doing long before I joined. Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 14:54
  • Wow the guys at your previous company must be cursing you......
    – Pacerier
    Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 22:01

I work for one of Oracle's competitors and I'm a big fan of what they are doing, in most ways. The server and storage engine development rocks. The one major thing I criticize is that they aren't promoting MySQL enough at conferences, trade shows, etc. There needs to be this sort of visibility or the next generation of developers won't know about it. Instead they are focusing on selling it to the enterprise market, which I think is short sighted. This leaves an opportunity for my company (Percona) to step up and take the lead, which we are trying to do. But I wish Oracle would do it, too, because they could accomplish so much more than we can.

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    To anybody wanting to downvote this because it's "spammy" this is actually just the sort of full disclosure that makes the stacks great. So what if Baron works for Oracle's competitor, it means he has direct knowledge. So long as he's not trying to sell us his products instead of giving us his knowledge, this is acceptable and not spam. Thanks.
    – jcolebrand
    Commented Oct 11, 2011 at 17:09
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    And to be clear, I don't mind links to products, so long as you impart knowledge along with the link. Raw links are never permitted. We have to know why the link is there, because the page lives much longer than just the four hour window around your problem.
    – jcolebrand
    Commented Oct 11, 2011 at 17:17
  • This is not spam, this is fillet mignon. +1 !!! Commented Oct 11, 2011 at 18:58
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    I get emails every day from Oracle talking about MySQL in one way or another. Me thinks the PR for MySQL has improved 10x since Oracle took over.
    – randomx
    Commented Oct 11, 2011 at 22:21
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    @blunders I think you underestimate the value of what Sun/MySQL offered to O'Reilly in previous years - they were a huge PR engine, and helped sell tickets to a large customer base. O'Reilly loses a lot without them, and there is nobody to replace them in the same way. Commented Oct 12, 2011 at 3:39

The general answer to this is that the Oracle acquisition now puts MySQL towards the path of a database targeted for small - medium sized business rather than that of an Oracle replacement.

From the MySQL corporate side, this has actually lead to a more organized and focused development. Bugs are getting fixed, features are being added, and releases are happening, all at an improved pace over what was happening at Sun (albeit with a nod towards corporate customers, rather than community/floss users)

From a community standpoint, many people who gravitated towards MySQL as an Oracle replacement have decided to look into other options. This has lead to a number of forks, most which try to maintain some compatibility with Oracle (MariaDB/XtraDB), though one that doesn't (drizzle, which actually started before the Oracle purchase). Of course others have swapped into Postgres (the 2nd largest OSS database) and other systems. This has lead to some fissures within the MySQL community amongst companies formed by ex-MySQL employees who are now trying to find a path within the new MySQL ecosystem. All in all though, I don't think it has slowed down new adoption of community / OSS MySQL very much; there are too many incumbent players that keep it moving forward for it to go away anytime soon.


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