Saving the web, like saving the world, isn’t something you do once and then forget about it. You always have to be on the lookout for threats to our freedom of communication. Sometimes, those threats creep in through the backdoor.
Back in April of last year, Oracle announced it was buying Sun Microsystems for a whopping $7.4 billion! Why is Sun worth so much to Oracle? Because they now own MySQL, which has turned out to be Oracle’s biggest competitive challenge.
By taking possession of MySQL’s intellectual property assets, Oracle can stymie its development and resume its hegemony over the database market. It’s a sneaky tactic, and it’ll probably work. Except for Monty.
Michael “Monty” Widenius, is the original developer of MySQL, and he believes the Oracle deal is a Very Bad Idea for MySQL, one of the founding pillars of the free and open Internet.
I agree with him. So please head on over to helpmysql.org and sign the petition as soon as you can.
Thanks for your help in saving the web!