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MySQL founder and ex-CEO react to Oracle/Sun

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| Both Monty Widenius, founder of MySQL, and Marten Mickos, former CEO of MySQL 
| and until recently, VP of the Sun database group, have both commented on 
| Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems and MySQL. Observers had noted that 
| Oracle may not be interested in pursuing development of MySQL, despite 
| Oracle's announcement saying MySQL would join the ranks of its other database 
| products.     


MySQL: Alive and Kicking

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| Despite some of the concerns floating around the MySQL Conference this week, 
| there’s some good news coming out of the event. The MySQL developers are 
| returned to a “release early, release often” schedule and the pending 5.4 
| release has a number of features worth keeping an eye on.   


Who Owns Commercial Open Source – and Can Forks Work?

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| It will be interesting to see whether Widenius is able to pull this off, and 
| whether Oracle, or whoever ends up owning MySQL, decides to help or hinder 
| the attempt. There's always been a tacit assumption that it's not really 
| viable to take this route, because the open source company simply has too 
| much of an advantage through its ownership of the copyright, and the fact 
| that it can always incorporate any code produced by a fork into the 
| commercial variants. If this attempt to create a self-standing but quite 
| separate version of MySQL succeeds, it could have major ramifications for all 
| open source companies that think they own the project simply because they own 
| the copyright of the code.         


Sun Announces New MySQL, Michael Widenius Forks 



Jobs Trend: Elance Cites Surging Demand for MySQL Experts

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| MySQL experts are seeing accelerating demand for their services on Elance, a
| leading site for online work where businesses hire skilled professionals to
| get work done. With over 1,300 MySQL jobs posted in the last 30 days, MySQL
| is now the third most in-demand skill on Elance, moving up three spots since
| October.

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