Oracle have committed to keeping the MySQL project alive, despite many rumours since their takeover of Sun Microsystems that the project – in some ways a competitor to their main Oracle Database products – would be shuttered, leaving thousands of websites and open-source projects without a database.
It’s been mostly gloom for Sun projects since the takeover in April. The next version of the Java Development Kit (JDK 7) has had its release date moved possibly until 2012; Oracle has sued Google for its use of Java in Android; and just this week the Sun Startup Essentials programme was found to be in a state of abandonment.
“We are focused on making MySQL better,” said Oracle’s Chief Corporate Architect Edward Screven at the MySQL Sunday event last weekend. “Some folks thought when we'd acquire Sun, we'd deprecate MySQL; but it's quite the opposite.”
This doesn’t mean that there aren’t going to be changes with MySQL. InnoDB, bought by Oracle in 2005, is now the only transaction storage engine that comes with MySQL by default. There are also some features which will be added to MySQL Enterprise that will not make it into the GPL community edition, such as the Enterprise Manager, Audit Vault and Secure Backup products, as well as Oracle support.
You can read more about Oracle’s approach with MySQL as reported from the event by The Register.