Comments on: Sun software is the tail wagging the dog http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/09/03/sun-software-is-the-tail-wagging-the-dog/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Pete Cann http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/09/03/sun-software-is-the-tail-wagging-the-dog/#comment-23501 Wed, 09 Sep 2009 23:02:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=5174#comment-23501 It always seemed odd that Google didn’t buy Java, and I suppose MySQL.

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By: Jim http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/09/03/sun-software-is-the-tail-wagging-the-dog/#comment-23456 Wed, 09 Sep 2009 20:15:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=5174#comment-23456 As a software developer I’m far more concerned about the future of Java than MySQL. There are free alternatives to MySQL that are frankly much better than MySQL. Grassroots developers tend to use MySQL because it’s made itself easy to set up, but it’s not a very good database. It doesn’t compare to Oracle, except that it’s free. Comparing MySQL and Oracle is like comparing apples and oranges. I’ve seen companies try to use MySQL as a cost-cutting alternative. Big mistake. It’s fine for smaller websites and simpler databases, but for complex, high performance databases, it’s a no-go.

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By: Randall Golden http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/09/03/sun-software-is-the-tail-wagging-the-dog/#comment-22868 Fri, 04 Sep 2009 16:37:42 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=5174#comment-22868 From the blog:

There is a valid argument that MySQL is vastly more trouble than it is worth…

Having worked with both Oracle and MySQL, as well as many other database programs, I would argue that MySQL is easier to use but is not as feature-rich as Oracle, rather than the simplistic “more trouble than its worth.” Additionally, the EU must be worried that Oracle will require java to use their database, which is ridiculous.

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By: Ian Kemmish http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/09/03/sun-software-is-the-tail-wagging-the-dog/#comment-22810 Fri, 04 Sep 2009 08:10:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=5174#comment-22810 I used to have a successful PostScript-compatible software business. After years of not trusting offers from suitors that “we would continue to respect the Jaws business”, we eventually sold out to one of them (mainly because I felt it was time to cash in my chips). It took all of six weeks for normal office politics to take over, and interdepartmental warfare to break out.

It is almost certainly the case, in these situations, that going forward with both product families and user communities, is the best outcome for all involved. But human nature is enough to ensure that it never, ever, happens.

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By: Don http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/09/03/sun-software-is-the-tail-wagging-the-dog/#comment-22775 Fri, 04 Sep 2009 02:59:37 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=5174#comment-22775 Sun’s activities in the past have helped the cause of free and open-source development. The community would suffer if the purchase were completed. Europe on the other hand has really embraced open-source. Open-source makes a lot more sense to me than relying on a commercial entity. Files and documents that must last indefinitely while most companies only last a few decades. Someday, there will be no Microsoft. There will be no Sun. No Oracle or IBM. We can’t allow ourselves to become permanently impaired. So I think Europe’s focus is in good order.

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