Poor Oracle. Poor Larry Ellison. Their yacht is about to lose the America’s Cup and last week Google added insult to injury.
The Register reported that Google intends to migrate all of its products that use MySQL, which is owned by Oracle, to MariaDB. This probably involves thousands of servers. Wikipedia has already replaced MySQL with MariaDB.
What is MariaDB?
When Oracle bought Sun Microsystems in 2010, it acquired the popular open source OpenOffice and MySQL products. Soon some OpenOffice developers split and created LibreOffice, which is built on the same code, but is not controlled by Oracle.
Then Monty Widenius, a key creator of MySQL, and other MySQL developers left and created MariaDB, which is built on the open source MySQL code. MariaDB (https://mariadb.org) is not controlled by Oracle, either. (The name? Monty’s daughter is named Maria.)
There’s no love lost between Oracle and Google. Oracle would dearly love to provide the database for Google’s search engine, but Google instead built its own database, called BigTable. As far as I know, Google buys nothing from Oracle other than (maybe) support for MySQL.
Over the past few years Oracle has claimed in federal court that Google’s Android operating system contains code stolen from its Java compiler. (Java was created by Sun and its compiler is now owned by Oracle.) Google has won that copyright infringement lawsuit, but Oracle is appealing the decision.
Did the friction between Oracle and Google influence Google’s decision to abandon Oracle’s MySQL? What do you think?
Extra credit questions: Does Oracle care? Why?
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