(Hat tip: CNET)
While both Fedora and openSUSE emphasized that the transition would be essentially painless for users, the same might not be said for Oracle. The business computing giant has been viewed with deep suspicion by elements of the FOSS community since it acquired Sun Microsystems - the company that owned the rights to MySQL - in 2009. High-profile defections like Fedora and openSUSE highlight the sometimes contentious relationship between Oracle and FOSS communities.
Jay Lyman, a senior analyst at 451 Research, says that these losses could have substantial follow-on effects, though Oracle's unlikely to exit the market overnight.
"The community distributions Fedora and OpenSUSE typically clear the way for their paid, subscription Linux cousins Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. So I would expect over time we will see other Linux distributions and developer communities follow suit, but there is still a strong customer and user following of MySQL that isn't going away, including loyal Oracle customers," he told Network World in an email.
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