Real or imagined? Open source contributions from Oracle

Oracle likes to demonstrate. More specifically, Oracle tries hard to demonstrate commitment to open source in its various manifestations since its acquisition of Sun Microsystems.

The problem Oracle has is that the company’s heritage rests heavily upon some fairly proprietary foundations — and this has meant that we have developed what I like the call the following:

“The make fun of Oracle’s open source commitments because the company is only doing this for show and is really more interested in making money from proprietary big business GAME.”

This game is popular among many media and can be seen being played out on IT news report websites from San Francisco to Vladivostok.

Of course, this is a silly game to play because Oracle does do “some” real work in open source. This week we see the announcement of the first development milestone release for MySQL 5.6, the (as they put it) “world’s most popular open source database” system.


“From significantly investing in the technology, to working closely with the community, Oracle continues to make MySQL better,” said Tomas Ulin, Oracle’s MySQL vice president of engineering. “With this first MySQL 5.6 development milestone release, we are offering early access to new stable features for testing. Oracle continues to innovate and enhance the MySQL database, delivering a higher performing, more scalable, reliable, and easier to use MySQL.”

The more technically minded might like to know that this first MySQL 5.6 development milestone release delivers increased MySQL performance and scalability enhancements, an improved InnoDB storage engine, and enhanced replication capabilities.

The less technically minded might like to know that Oracle is holding its first ever MySQL on Windows Online Forum at 9.00 am Pacific Time on March 16th, 2011.

You can find that on the web without me pointing you to it.

Oracle’s Tomas Ulin, vice president of MySQL Engineering, will kick off the forum detailing how enterprise users and ISVs can benefit from Oracle’s investment in making MySQL even better on Windows.

So there you have it, Oracle does something real on open source.

Next week we’ll be looking at Bill Gates and his secret meetings with Linus Torvalds.