Your chance to define the “state of MySQL”

We are very honoured to have been asked to give a “state of the MySQL” keynote presentation at the Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo in April.

While this will not be in any way an official “state of the dolphin” presentation, I think it is fitting given the expansion of the MySQL ecosystem that the Percona Live event includes an independent perspective on the state of MySQL. The full title of the presentation – MySQL, YourSQL, NoSQL, NewSQL – the state of the MySQL ecosystem – reflects that.

We want to present an independent perspective on the health of the MySQL ecosystem in 2013, drawing on our research and analysis, as well as the views of the participants in that ecosystem.

You have a chance to directly influence the content of the presentation by taking part in our 2013 Database survey.

The aim of this survey is to identify trends in database usage, as well as changing attitudes to MySQL following its acquisition by Oracle, and the competitive dynamic between MySQL and other databases, including NoSQL and NewSQL technologies, as well as MariaDB, Percona Server and other MySQL variants.

There are just 15 questions to answer, spread over five pages, and the entire survey should take less than ten minutes to complete.

All individual responses are of course confidential. The results will be published as part of a major research report due during Q2.

The full report will be available to 451 Research clients, while the results of the survey will also be made freely available via the keynote presentation.

Thanks in advance for your participation. We’re looking forward to analyzing and presenting the results. Once again, you can find the the survey at

Our 2013 Database survey is now live

451 Research’s 2013 Database survey is now live at investigating the current use of database technologies, including MySQL, NoSQL and NewSQL, as well as traditional relation and non-relational databases.

The aim of this survey is to identify trends in database usage, as well as changing attitudes to MySQL following its acquisition by Oracle, and the competitive dynamic between MySQL and other databases, including NoSQL and NewSQL technologies.

There are just 15 questions to answer, spread over five pages, and the entire survey should take less than ten minutes to complete.

All individual responses are of course confidential. The results will be published as part of a major research report due during Q2.

The full report will be available to 451 Research clients, while the results of the survey will also be made freely available via a
presentation at the Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo in April.

Last year’s results have been viewed nearly 55,000 times on SlideShare so we are hoping for a good response to this year’s survey.

One of the most interesting aspects of a 2012 survey results was the extent to which MySQL users were testing and adopting PostgreSQL. Will that trend continue or accelerate in 2013? And what of the adoption of cloud-based database services such as Amazon RDS and Google Cloud SQL?

Are the new breed of NewSQL vendors having any impact on the relational database incumbents such as Oracle, Microsoft and IBM? And how is SAP HANA adoption driving interest in other in-memory databases such as VoltDB and MemSQL?

We will also be interested to see how well NoSQL databases fair in this year’s survey results. Last year MongoDB was the most popular, followed by Apache Cassandra/DataStax and Redis. Are these now making a bigger impact on the wider market, and what of Basho’s Riak, CouchDB, Neo4j, Couchbase et al?

Additionally, we have been tracking attitudes to Oracle’s ownership of MySQL since the deal to acquire Sun was announced. Have MySQL users’ attitudes towards Oracle improved or declined in the last 12 months, and what impact will the formation of the MariaDB Foundation have on MariaDB adoption?

We’re looking forward to analyzing the results and providing answers to these and other questions. Please help us to get the most representative result set by taking part in the survey at

CAOS Theory Podcast 2012.04.20

Topics for this podcast:

*OpenStack, Amazon, Eucalyptus and Citrix engage in open cloud warfare
*Microsoft spins off new company for openness
*Updates on automation players Puppet Labs and Opscode with Chef
*Percona turns attention to MySQL high availability
*Open APIs as the fifth pillar of modern IT openness

iTunes or direct download (28:42, 4.9MB)

451 CAOS Links 2011.10.25

Microsoft: “more than half your Android devices are belong to us”. And more

# Microsoft claimed that more than half of the world’s ODM industry for Android and Chrome devices is now under license to Microsoft’s patent portfolio following its agreement with Compal Electronics.

# Hadapt expanded its board of directors and confirmed its $9.5m series A funding round.

# Appcelerator entered into an agreement to acquire the Particle Code mobile gaming and HTML5 development platform.

# Jaspersoft and IBM are working together to combine InfoSphere BigInsights with Jaspersoft’s full BI suite.

# Karmasphere announced its new Hadoop Virtual Appliance for IBM InfoSphere BigInsights.

# Neo Technology launched Spring Data Neo4j 2.0.

# Opscode extended Chef, Hosted Chef and Private Chef to provide infrastructure automation in Windows environments.

# Sourcefire announced plans to support Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

# Percona added support for MySQL Cluster.

# Avere Systems partnered with Nexenta Systems to combine Avere’s FXT Series of appliances and Nexenta’s NexentaStor open source ZFS technology.

# The Qt project is now up and running.

# Zed A Shaw explained why he has licensed Lamson under the GPL.

451 CAOS Links 2011.09.30

Microsoft’s Android revenue. Tizen formation. And more.

# As Microsoft announced its latest Android-related patent agreement with Samsun, Goldman Sachs estimated that the company will make $444m in revenue from Android patent deals for fiscal year 2012.

# LiMo Foundation and The Linux Foundation announced the formation of Tizen to develop a Linux-based device software platform.

# Karmasphere raised $6m in a series B round of funding, led by new investor Presidio Ventures.

# Citrix Systems announced the availability of XenServer 6.

# 10gen announced the general availability of MongoDB Monitoring Service, a free monitoring service for the MongoDB database.

# Percona announced the release of Percona Server version 5.5.15.

# Hortonworks became a Gold sponsor of the Apache Software Foundation.

# The developers behind PhoneGap have applied to contribute their open source mobile development framework to the Apache Software Foundation.

# Piston Cloud Computing is set to launch its PentOS enterprise operating system for the cloud and put OpenStack on a memory stick.

# The Free Software Foundation announced the re-launch of its Free Software Directory.

# Rhomobile announced availability of RhoConnect 3.0.

# Nokia is reportedly working on a new Linux-based operating system for mass market phones called Meltemi.

451 CAOS Links 2011.08.12

Couchbase raises $14m. AppFog raises $8m. Much ado about Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo. And more.

# Couchbase raised $14m in series C funding for its NoSQL database.

# AppFog raised $8m series B funding for its PHP-based platform-as-a-service.

# Percona announced its plans to host a Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo on April 10-12, effectively replacing the O’Reilly MySQL Conference and Expo.

# The announcement sparked some rumblings of discomfort around the MySQL community with Giuseppe Maxia and Sheeri Cabral disputing Baron Schwartz’s claim that “to the best of our knowledge, no one else was planning one” and Monty Widenius stating that he had “personally talked with Percona about this a few weeks ago”.

# SkySQL’s Kaj Arno also called for the community to rally around an event focused on users, while Henrik Ingo welcomed the Percona event and doubted whether plans for a vendor-neutral event had got very far. Roland Bouman also voiced his support for the event.

# Red Hat announced that its Red Hat OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service now supports Java Enterprise Edition 6

# Jaspersoft announced Self-Service Express, offering open source users BI documentation and knowledge base articles.

# Microsoft apparently no longer thinks Linux is a competitive threat to its desktop business.

# Cisco and Twitter joined the Open Invention Network.

# Fabrizio Capobianco asked if there really is room for a third mobile OS.

# Alembic 1.0, the open source computer graphics interchange format jointly developed by Sony Pictures Imageworks and Lucasfilm was released.

451 CAOS Links 2011.08.05

Google and Microsoft trade patent claims. Actuate announces Q2 results. And more.

# Google accused Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and other companies of organising a hostile patent campaign against Android. That prompted Microsoft executives to claim that Microsoft invited Google to be involved in the CPTN purchase of Novell’s patents. However, Google explained that joining CPTN might have decreased its ability to defend itself against potential patent claims.

# Actuate announced its Q2 financial results, including BIRT-related license business of $5.3m, up 130% year-over-year.

# Dell and Cloudera announced a combined hardware, software, support and services offering for Apache Hadoop.

# France and Tunisia have signed a joint declaration on governmental cooperation on open source software.

# Mitchell Baker explained the Mozilla Foundation’s Gecko project.

# VisionMobile published a report assessing the relative openness of Android, MeeGo, Linux, Qt, WebKit, Mozilla, Eclipse and Symbian.

# Sandro Groganz published an article on the benefits of the community for partners of open source vendors.

# Twitter announced plans to release its Storm distributed stream processing software as an open source project.

# Georg Greve discussed his perspective on freedom in the cloud.

# MySQL performance specialist Percona celebrated its fifth birthday, now with 50 employees and 1,200 customers.

451 CAOS Links 2011.04.15

VMware launches Cloud Foundry. Red Hat heads for Ceylon. And more.

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# VMware launched Cloud Foundry Platform-as-a-service and open source project.

# Red Hat’s Gavin King revealed details of the company’s Ceylon project.

# Red Hat submitted a number of specification requests for Java EE 7.

# Terracotta accused Red Hat of “trying to pull a fast one” with its data cache JSR.

# Zencoder, the company behind the open source VideoJS viewer, raised $2m in funding.

# OpenStack distribution provider Midokura raised $1.3m in seed funding.

# 10gen’s MongoDB is a core data service in VMware’s Cloud Foundry (along with MySQL and Redis).

# Tuxera has merged the NTFS-3G and ntfsprogs projects, creating its new Tuxera NTFS Community Edition.

# Nuxeo released a Google Search Appliance plugin.

# Opsview updated its Opsview Enterprise open source IT monitoring software.

# Joe Brockmeier presented six public relations lessons for open source projects.

# Couchbase spun off its CouchDB hosting business as Iris Couch.

# Neo Technology explained why Neo4j Community (now at version 1.3) is now GPLv3.

# SkySQL introduced a reference architecture for deploying MySQL or MariaDB databases.

# Jive Software acquired Proximal Labs.

# Gluster Virtual Storage Appliances now support KVM and Xen.

# Talend’s Ross Turk shared his perspective on balancing open core and community.

# Percona announced its roadmap for Percona Server and XtraBackup.

# Support for Flock browsers will be discontinued as of April 26th, 2011.

451 CAOS Links 2011.03.08

Digia gets Qt. VMware makes waves. Rackspace launches OpenStack support. And more.

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# Digia signed an agreement with Nokia to acquire the Qt commercial licensing and services business.

# VMware’s Springsource division acquired Wavemaker.

# Rackspace formally launched services and support for OpenStack via Rackspace Cloud Builders.

# Red Hat defended its move to pre-apply patches to Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

# The Free Software Foundation announced the appointment of John Sullivan as its new executive director.

# OpenLogic scan results show that 71% of Android, iPhone and iPad apps containing OSS failed license requirements.

# Percona announced that it now has over 1,000 customers for its MySQL support and consulting services.

# Acquia announced the general availability of Drupal Gardens 1.0.

# Sencha released a free comparison test suite for developing Android applications.

# Techradar published an interview with David Recordon, Facebook’s head of open source.

# Grid Dynamics’ Cloud Services division is delivering private cloud platforms based on OpenStack.

# Opscode claimed more than 3,000 Opscode Platform sign-ups, previews new services.

451 CAOS Links 2010.12.17

CPTN Holdings unmasked. Oracle updates MySQL. And more.

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# Florian Mueller reported that the Novell patent acquiring CPTN Holdings is Microsoft, Apple, EMC and Oracle.

# The VAR Guy told the (previously) untold story of Novell’s sale to Attachmate.

# Attachmate committed to support the existing roadmaps and release schedules for Novell and SUSE products.

# Oracle announced that MySQL 5.5 is now generally available.

# Oracle announced Oracle Cloud Office and Oracle Open Office 3.3.

# ComputerWeekly published a nice round-up of the FSFE’s challenge to the EC’s SACHA II contract.

# The FSFE welcomed the revised European Interoperability Framework.

# Mesos (resource sharing for cluster apps inc Hadoop) has been proposed as an Apache incubator project.

# Jive announced the new Jive Apps SDK beta and plans to contribute parts of it as OSS.

# FuseSource launched a new enterprise subscription offering for Apache CXF.

# Rackspace acquired (OSS-based) cloud-server management provider Cloudkick.

# Red Hat announced the general availability of JBoss Enterprise Portal Platform 5.1.

# David Nuescheler and Bertrand Delacretaz assessed the impact of the ASF leaving the JCP.

# Percona added HandlerSocket to its Percona Server MySQL distribution.

# Talend provided initial details on its data integration product roadmap following the acquisition of SOPERA.

# Magento claimed year-on-year growth of almost 250%.

451 CAOS Links 2010.11.09

The ASF threatens to withdraw from the JCP. The demise of the Symbian Foundation. And more.

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# The Apache Software Foundation said it will terminate its relationship with the JCP if its rights are not upheld.

# The Symbian Foundation is no more. It will transition to become a licensing operation for the Symbian OS.

# Gluster raised $8.5m series B funding from Index Ventures and Nexus Venture Partners.

# Garnett & Helfrich Capital acquired CA’s last remaining 20% equity stake in Ingres.

# InfraDNA and CloudBees are joining forces.

# WANdisco launched Subversion MultiSite 4.0.

# Engine Yard claimed AppCloud application deployments from 1,500 customers.

# Nuxeo released Nuxeo Enterprise Platform version 5.4 and the new Nuxeo Marketplace.

# Sauce Labs introduced a new Sauce OnDemand test suite for Zimbra.

# CfEngine released Nova 2.0.

# RockMelt is a new social browser based on Chromium.

# The Register reported that Oracle will deliver free and paid versions of OpenJDK.

# Percona offered a commitment to MySQL users.

# Glyn Moody asked ‘could free software exist without copyright?’ and Richard Stallman answers.

451 CAOS Links 2010.10.05

Microsoft sues Motorola. Oracle says no to LibreOffice. Time to fork Java? And more.

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# Microsoft is suing Motorola over alleged Android patent infringements.

# Oracle confirmed to SJVN that it will not be working with the Document Foundation on LibreOffice.

# Sean Michael Kerner reported that Red Hat has settled an alleged patent infringement case with IP firm Acacia Research.

# Greg Luck asked if it is time to fork Java. As did Sacha Labourey.

# Black Duck Software acquired from Geeknet.

# Samsung confirmed that it is dropping support for Symbian.

# xTuple introduced email integration via Feature Mob sponsored feature offering.

# Dana Blankenhorn reported on the rise of business communities.

# Cloudera is building a two-way connector for high-speed data movement between CDH and Aster Data nCluster.

# Ascensio System announced an AMI of its open source project management and collaboration platform TeamLab.

# Percona launched worldwide 24×7 support for MySQL.

# The Software Freedom Conservancy appointed Bradley M. Kuhn as its full-time Executive Director.

# The Register reported that Canonical is adding OpenStack APIs to Ubuntu.

# An overview of the Linux Foundation’s open compliance program.

# Alfresco released Alfresco Community 3.4 with new tools and services for Spring developers.

# Bernard Golden discussed cloud computing, open source, and the next generation of applications.

# Kitware received an $11m contract from DARPA as part of its Video and Image Retrieval and Analysis Tool program.

# Citrix released XenClient version 1.0.

# Peter Ganten said open core is over.

# Dirk Riehle presented his thoughts on the current state of open source business research and future directions.

451 CAOS Links 2009.07.21

Microsoft contributes to Linux. Acquia raises $8m. And more.

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Microsoft contributes to Linux
Microsoft announced that it is to contribute device driver code to the Linux kernel under the GPLv2. Prompting us to publish a CAOS Theory Q&A. Answering one questioning we failed to ask, ZDnet reported that Microsoft’s Linux contributions should find their way into the 2.6.32 release.

Acquia raises $8m
Mass High Tech reported Acquia has picked up an $8m second funding round from existing investors. The funding was later confirmed by the company.

# Adobe released Flash Platform Media and Text Frameworks as open source.

# Red Hat replaced CIT in the S&P 500.

# The recent spate of posts about licensing continued as Dirk Riehle argued that every license has its time and place and examined the intellectual rights imperative of single-vendor open source. Meanwhile Matt Asay noted that the right business strategy is openness, but defining that strategy is variegated, while Tarus Balog explained why reports on the death of the GPL are greatly exaggerated.

# Bradley Kuhn described Microsoft’s patent deal with Buffalo as free software-targeted patent aggression.

# Engine Yard launched Cloud services platform and GA of Flex, a cloud service plan for Rails apps.

# City of Chicago selected SpringSource Hyperic HQ Enterprise to run and manage IT and Web operations.

# Take Off Technology is sponsoring two new support for Solaris/and integration with the ZFS filesystem in openQRM.

# Alfresco’s Nancy Garrity presented the case for community involvement with commercial open source.

# “I’m giving [Microsoft] its divorce papers,” says City of Edmonton CIO, according to an Information Exec report.

# Canonical has released the source code for Launchpad.

# Percona released v6 of its XtraDB storage engine for MySQL.

# HadoopDB is a new open source project combining DBMS and MapReduce technologies to target analytical workloads.

# Dr Dobbs Q&A with MySQL’s creator, Michael “Monty” Widenius.

# Accenture announced that it is to acquire Symbian professional services operations from Nokia.

Q&A: MariaDB and the Open Database Alliance

Following the launch of the Open Database Alliance a number of interesting reports were published that examined its role in establishing MariaDB as an alternative development branch for MySQL and as a vendor-neutral open source database collective.

I had a few questions myself, which Monty Widenius and Peter Zaitsev, CEO of Percona, were good enough to answer for me via email. They also agreed for the exchange to be published here. This is what they had to say:

Q: Monty has stated that the intention is to open up the Alliance to include other open source database projects – any indication of how this would be done given the diverse requirements and different development directions of Maria, PostgreSQL etc?

PZ: I think it is great because the direction for each Open Source databases is different — one size does not fits all – there are cases where MySQL, PostgreSQL or SQLite excel. The vision for the Alliance is to have healthy competition which in the end drives the best solution for the customer. Even in the MySQL landscape there is an overlap – Innodb, XtraDB, Maria, PBXT, Falcon — and each desires to be the leading transactional storage engine. This does not stop most of them from sharing ideas between each other and acknowledging each other’s advantages and drawbacks.

MW: As the Open Database Alliance is business alliance, not a development alliance, there shouldn’t be many conflicts. There is a lot of companies already that give support for both PostgreSQL and MySQL and there is no reason this should change. As Peter pointed out, different databases have different optimal usage cases and one should always choose the best tool for the job. I also envision that the Open Database Alliance will contain developer companies, like Monty Program Ab and PostgreSQL Experts Inc, but these should be able to co-exist inside the Alliance as it’s greatly benefiting the Alliance members to have them there.

Q. What chance is there for vendors of closed source MySQL storage engines to become part of the open database alliance?

PZ: I think there is significant uncertainty about this one. It is unclear if MariaDB will be able to exist in close source version (via licensing fees to Sun/MySQL) or not. It is also not quite clear how GPL will work in this case – In theory with an open interface and plugin infrastructure it may be possible to distribute commercial storage engines (separately from MariaDB) and let users use them with GPL servers same as commercial drivers are used with a Linux Kernel.

MW: This can only be done by buying MySQL licenses from Sun for each copy of MariaDB that is distributed.

Q. Assuming Oracle maintains the development of MySQL (as it has InnoDB) would Oracle’s membership of the Open Database Alliance be necessary for it to fulfill its goal to “unify all MySQL-related development and services”? Will Oracle be offered membership?

PZ: The membership is open to all entities sharing the vision and the goals. When Oracle will be willing to participate is a good question.

MW: Anyone can join if they are prepared to follow the rules of the Alliance. As one of the goals of the Alliance is to promote MariaDB as the community developed version of MySQL, I don’t know if Oracle would want to join. I have, however, offered Oracle a partnership with Monty Program Ab, under which Oracle could get access to some of the critical developer resources Monty Program Ab has available. Monty Program Ab could also help Oracle with their open source strategy and serve as a ‘trust creating’ entity between Oracle and the open source developer community. Oracle has however not yet responded to this.

Q: Can you provide any insight in to the process for creating a formal structure or governance model for the alliance?

PZ: This is under much discussion. It is difficult to speculate until it is ready.

MW: The idea is to initially invite a small group of steering members to the Alliance and together work out rules that we think will make most sense to us and to the Alliance’s future members. This is work in progress.

Q: Will MariaDB attempt stay in lock step with future MySQL updates and developments, or is MariaDB taking a separate development path? (Only directed at MW)

MW: Yes, it will be in sync with all changes in the main MySQL code. MariaDB is what I classify as a branch, not a fork. The difference is that with a branch you keep yourself updated with all changes from the original code while with a fork you forget where you came from and don’t take any updates from it.

Q: Have you considered the options for creating a foundation for the the development of MariaDB. Any thoughts on benefits/risks? (Only directed at MW)

MW: Monty Program Ab is, in effect, a foundation. See the hacking business model. In other words, Monty Program Ab is a company that is owned and steered by its employees and all money we generate is used to pay salaries and the occasional bonus for good work. I think this setup as a foundation works because it is easier to generate money from customers to fund the development work. We can also afford to hire the best people to work on the code and don’t have to rely only on people that are prepared to work for free or almost no pay.

Are closed-source MySQL storage engines compatible with MariaDB?

Following the launch of the Open Database Alliance some people have assumed that it is only a matter of time before MariaDB becomes the de facto replacement for MySQL.

That assumes that Oracle will allow the development of MySQL to stagnate, either deliberately or through neglect – something that we have expressed our doubts about, but even if that were the case it appears that the GPL (or more to the point MySQL’s dual licensing strategy) may restrict the potential for MariaDB.

Curt Monash recently raised the question of whether closed-source storage engines can be used with MySQL (and, by extension, MariaDB) without a commercial relationship between the vendor and MySQL/Sun/Oracle.

The issue is particularly relevant because if the answer is “no” it would limit the ability of MySQL storage engine providers (such as Kickfire, Infobright, ScaleDB, Tokutek, Calpont) to switch their allegiance to MariaDB.

Mike Hogan, CEO of ScaleDB, has suggested (in the comments to a previous Curt post) that it is hypothetically possible to link a proprietary storage engine to a GPL database without the storage engine having to also be released under the GPL by using a database-independent “OSS glue layer that makes calls to storage engines”. He referenced the arrangement that enable IBM’s DB2 to act as an engine for MySQL on the the System i as a precedent.

Given that ScaleDB offers its proprietary storage engine for both MySQL Enterprise and MySQL Community without a commercial arrangement with Sun, the company will be hoping that its analysis is correct. However their remains a suspicion that the arrangement with IBM was enabled/complemented by a commercial arrangement.

Certainly, as this FAQ explains, the DB2 as a storage engine for MySQL is not necessarily the same as other MySQL storage engines, stating that “The source code for the IBMDB2I Storage Engine is available under a IBM ‘GPL compatible’ license. However, this storage engine acts as an ‘adapter’ that enables MySQL to talk to the DB2 for i DB2. It is not the source code for DB2 itself.”

Either way, the founders of the Open Database Alliance are not so sure that closed-source storage engines can be used with MariaDB. I asked Monty Widenius and Peter Zaitsev, CEO of Percona via email whether there was a chance that closed source MySQL storage engines could become part of the Open Database Alliance. Their responses:

Peter Zaitsev

    “I think there is significant uncertainty about this one. It is unclear if MariaDB will be able to exist in close source version (via licensing fees to Sun/MySQL) or not. It is also not quite clear how GPL will work in this case – In theory with an open interface and plugin infrastructure it may be possible to distribute commercial storage engines (separately from MariaDB) and let users use them with GPL servers same as commercial drivers are used with a Linux Kernel.”

Monty Widenius

    “This can only be done by buying MySQL licenses from Sun for each copy of MariaDB that is distributed.”

Which sounds pretty conclusive. With all respect to the expertise of all those mentioned above, it would appear that this issue is not going to be resolved without getting the lawyers involved. I’d be interested to know what the likes of Mark Radcliffe, Lawrence Rosen, and Eben Moglen make of it.

451 CAOS Links 2009.05.15

Open Database Alliance formed. Oracle buys Virtual Iron. AccesStream reaches version 1.0. And more.

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I’ve just met a fork named Maria
MySQL founder Monty Widenius and Percona CEO Peter Zaitsev announced the launch of the Open Database Alliance – “a collection of companies working together to provide the software, support and services for MariaDB, an enterprise-grade, community-developed branch of MySQL.”

Continuent and Open Query quickly announced their membership, while Monty later clarified that the Alliance will also “include companies and people working on all other open source database”. In a Q&A with Redmonk’s Stephen O’Grady, Monty also noted that he would not be surprised the Alliance had more than 10 companies by the end of the month.

Meanwhile James Dixon offered a couple of related posts, one pleading for calm in the face of Oracle’s impending ownership of Sun/MySQL and the other examining different kinds of open source forks.

Best of the rest
# Oracle finally confirmed its long-rumoured Oracle Virtual Iron acquisition.

# Larry Dignan: Is an IBM purchase of Red Hat inevitable?

# AccesStream released version 1.0 of its enterprise open source identity access management solution.

# MuleSource announced a Mule ESB transport for FIX, a community contribution from MuleSource partner Ricston.

# Microsoft announced that it is funding the development of PHP SDK for Windows Azure.

451 CAOS Links 2009.01.09

EMC buys some, but not all, of SourceLabs. Cfengine launches data center automation software. Open source and TCO. Measuring corporate contributions to open source. And more.

Official announcements
Self-repairing Data Center Automation solution released Cfengine

Acquia Joins Red Hat Exchange Bringing Social Publishing Expertise to the Open Source Ecosystem Acquia

DotNetNuke Moves to CodePlex DotNetNuke

The BitRock Network Service Improves Product Development and Support, Gains Momentum BitRock

AccesStream Announces Beta Release of its Open Source Identity Access Management Solution AccesStream

Roaring Penguin Software And GroundWork Open Source Deliver Solution Providers Easier Monitoring And Management Of Anti-Spam Appliances GroundWork

CohesiveFT Adds the Kernel-based Virtual Machine Format to its Automated Elastic Server Platform CohesiveFT

MuleSource Partners With FastConnect to Meet Rising Demand in France MuleSource

Extentech Inc. Announces Open Source Multi-Platform Alternative to Sharepoint Extentech

LinMin Introduces Bare Metal Provisioning 5.3 with One-Click Provisioning Role Creation and Support for the latest Linux Releases from Red Hat, Novell, Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenSUSE and CentOS LinMin

DSS, Inc., Announces Open Source Version of vxVistA EHR Framework, Joins Open Health Tools Foundation

News articles
Measuring Corporate Contributions to an Open Source Project Joe Brockmeier,

EMC buys some parts of SourceLabs Colin Barker,

Consortium tackles cloud computing standards Jon Brodkin, Network World

Marketcetera readies open source trading platform Computer Business Review

Vietnam to widely use open source software VietNamNet Bridge

Palm needs Nova to shine Ryan Kim, San Francisco Gate Chronicle

The state of free software TechRadar

Surf Google Earth With Wii Balance Board Thomas Claburn, InformationWeek

Managing open source adoption in your IT organization Bob Sutor

Open source and the total cost of ownership dilemma Savio Rodrigues, InfoWorld

Open Source TCO: Total Cost of Ownership and the Fermat’s Theorem Roberto Galoppini

Great things afoot in the MySQL community Don MacAskill, SmugMug

Bob Muglia and open source at Microsoft Savio Rodrigues, InfoWorld

Cisco: Serving Up Open Source? The VAR Guy

As the UIQ Platform Opens, UIQ Closes Kristin Shoemaker, OStatic

Open Source trends in 2009 – what’s new? Matthew Langham, The Silent Penguin

The difference a year makes Savio Rodrigues, InfoWorld

Why Dell Won’t Buy Red Hat The VAR Guy

Integrated Revised 2010 Goals Mitchell Baker

Refocusing on our mission SJ Klein, OLPC

Will More iPhone Apps go Open Source? Frederic Lardinois, ReadWriteWeb

Podcast: Novell Chief Marketing Officer Talks SUSE Linux (And More) The VAR Guy
“In this episode, Novell Chief Marketing Officer John Dragoon responds to five key questions about the company’s SUSE Linux strategies, broader software efforts and partner initiatives.”

Free For All BBC Radio 4’s In Business
Maybe there are better ways of doing business than charging users for goods and services. But is it really profitable to give products away? Peter Day hears from two advocates of business models that turn conventional wisdom on its head. Apologies in advance if this is not available outside the UK.

451 CAOS Links 2008.12.19

Red Hat increases its service levels. Linux Foundation appoints Ted Ts’o CTO. Sun delivers VirtualBox update. Novell cancels BrainShare. BBC enables iPlayer for Linux. And more.

Note: This is the last 451 CAOS Links post of 2008. We’ll be back with a bumper holiday special on January 2. Happy holidays!

Official announcements
Red Hat Increases Service Levels and Reduces Costs for Customers with Extended Update Support Red Hat

Linux Foundation Appoints Ted Ts’o to Position of Chief Technology Officer Linux Foundation

Sun Microsystems Extends Virtualization Leadership With New Open Source xVM VirtualBox Sun Microsystems

Novell BrainShare, a note from John Dragoon Novell

Advancements to openSUSE Linux Distribution Improves User Experience and Eases Community Contributions Novell

Sun Microsystems Leads International Consortium and Wins Grant for Research and Development Project on Technology Accessibility
Sun Microsystems
Adobe AIR 1.5 Now Available for Linux Adobe (Pdf)

BBC Unveils BBC iPlayer Desktop on Adobe AIR Adobe (Pdf)

Open Source Authentication Provider Offers Free Advanced Management Feature with Service Plan Likewise Software

Enomaly Appoints Enterprise Software Veteran Stephen Pollack to Its Board of Advisors Enomaly

Red Hat Announces availability of Hibernate Search 3.1 community project on Red Hat

ICEfaces Evolves Integration with NetBeans IDE and GlassFish Providing Migration Path for “Project Woodstock” JSF components

Digium Announces Sharp Rise in Asterisk Downloads in 2008 Digium

Sourcefire Announces EMEA Channel Expansion Sourcefire

CohesiveFT Partners With Virtual Iron to Automate Enterprise Deployment Virtual Iron

JumpBox Enables Open Source Web Application Deployment Without Hardware; Releases 38 JumpBox Virtual Appliances for Amazon EC2 JumpBox

JumpBox releases virtual appliances in Open Virtualization Format (OVF), further increasing deployment ease for VMware ESX JumpBox

XAware releases XAware 5.2 XAware

News articles
Adobe learns lessons of open-source Flex Gavin Clarke, The Register

What vendors really mean by ‘open source’ Mark Taylor, ZDnet UK/Sirius

Terracotta Doesn’t Want to Kill Your Database, Just Maim It Stacey Higginbotham , GigaOM

Neuros offer cash incentives to open-source LINK coders Chris Davies, SlashGear

What Oracle stands to gain from open source Matt Asay, Cnet

Announcing Percona XtraDB Storage Engine: a Drop-in Replacement for Standard InnoDB Vadim Tkachenko, Percona

My advice to the database division at Sun Lukas Smith

Scaling memcached at Facebook Paul Saab, Facebook

Facebook shows self-interest may trump licensing Savio Rodrigues, InfoWorld

Why We Don’t Have “Per Incident” Support Tarus Balog

Vudu Reveals Open-Source RIA Platform, But is it Enough to Survive Heavy Competition? Jose Fermoso, Wired

Free Software Foundation’s Richard Stallman Says Don’t Call It ‘Open Source’ Alexander Wolfe, InformationWeek
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