As you probably know, the most popular Open Source RDBMS, MySQL, is being acquired by Oracle, which – some say – will most likely mean the end of the open source project. MySQL has been eroding Oracle’s profits for quite some time now, and there’s a fat chance that Oracle will kill MySQL in order to keep its high profits.
Why should we care? Well, without MySQL, the web would be much different than it is today. Popular open source applications like WordPress and Drupal, millions of websites and applications rely on MySQL. A lot of start-up companies use MySQL in order to cut down costs and not invest in expensive, proprietary RDBMSs.
But we, the people, have the power to stop it by writing to the EC in order to block the transaction. Read what Michael “Monty” Widenius, MySQL’s creator, has to say on the matter: Help saying MySQL.
PS: Do you know the difference between God and Larry Ellison? God knows He’s not Ellison…