Mjasay writes "Craigslist's Jeremy Zawodny reviews the flowering of MySQL as a project, and discovers that through third-party forks and enhancements like Drizzle and OurDelta 'you can get a "better" MySQL than the one Sun/MySQL gives you today. For free.' Is this a good thing? On one hand it demonstrates the strong locality around MySQL, but on the other, it could make it harder for Sun to fund core growth on MySQL by diverting beginning revenue from the core database project. Is this the fate of successful open-source companies? To become so successful as a commonality that they can't eke out a return as a company? If so, could anyone blame MySQL/Sun for creating its own proprietary fork in order to afford further core development?"
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