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Has MySQL Forked Beyond Repair? 334 334

snydeq writes "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister questions the effect recent developments in the MySQL community will have on MySQL's future in the wake of Oracle's acquisition of Sun. Even before Oracle announced its buyout, there were signs of strain within the MySQL community, with key MySQL employees exiting and forks of the MySQL codebase arising, including Widenius' MariaDB. Now Widenius' Oracle-less Open Database Alliance adds further doubt as to which branch of MySQL will be considered 'official' going forward. 'Forks are a fact of life in the open source community, and arguably an entirely healthy one,' McAllister writes. 'Oracle just better hope it doesn't end up on the wrong side of the fork.' To do so, he suggests Oracle will have to regain the the trust and support of the MySQL community — in other words, 'stop acting like Oracle.'"

Comment Other Metrics (Score 1) 385 385

In addition to this one, we also report annually on 2 others that may be of interest to you:
  1. Total IT spending per employee
  2. Total IT spending as percentage of total revenue

I'd echo what others have said here and tell you that this can fluctuate pretty dramatically depending on the business you're in.

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