I have grown so tired of reading about this that I decided a short blog post is in order.
I was a little reluctant to answer at first, since it’s well known that I am a fan of everything under the Sun and could be accused of being biased . That said, George Keramidas‘ wrote a rather insightful comment:
My personal opinion is that Monty is fear mongering, not because he truly believes that he is saving MySQL but for an own personal agenda.
This gave me a little bit of courage, seeing that there are others who think like me. So I posted a short reply:
It’s actually quite simple. With Sun, a company in a really sad state (financially) Monty could make some money out of MariaDB. With Oracle he just doesn’t any chance.
Besides, claiming that “GPL and dual licensing were good when I was making shitloads of money but now that someone else does it’s suddenly bad” is hypocritical, to say the least”
There may be some truth to the above statement (actually, it’s obviously true) [editor’s note: he was referring to the “could make some money” paragraph]
Things aren’t black and white and this fight is not just for the code but for MySQL as a project (code, community, trademark, servers, foo). There are some examples of projects that were successfully forked with the right leadership but there are many more that remained stale.
- It gets the backing of a large company, like Oracle
- It successfully forms a large community
Signing the Help MySQL petition certainly doesn’t help towards the first direction and is irrelevant to the second (there are countless of successful FOSS projects with either a GPL or a BSD-style license). It only helps:
- Monty Widenius bank account balance
- The likes of SAP and Microsoft that for whatever reason are supporting his case
Now, if anyone is really interested in helping the above interests, feel free to sign the petition. If you ask me, you won’t be cutting MySQL any favors.
P.S. Dimitris and George, I liberally translated your e-mails. If you feel that a translation is off, feel free to let me know and I will correct it promptly.
 Disclaimer: other than being a fan of numerous technologies they’ve brought us during the last 25 years, I have no affiliation with Sun Microsystems