[NetBehaviour] Open Source Crowd Turns On One Of Its Own

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Mon Oct 17 14:51:23 CEST 2005

*Open Source Crowd Turns On One Of Its Own*
Daniel Lyons, 10.14.05

It's been a rough week for Marten Mickos, the chief executive of open 
source database maker MySQL AB.

First his most dreaded rival, Oracle (nasdaq: ORCL - news - people ), 
acquired a company that supplies a key piece of MySQL's software, a move 
that could make life difficult for Uppsala, Sweden-based MySQL, which 
has the most popular open source database.

If that wasn't bad enough, Mickos is being denounced as a traitor by 
noisy fanatics in the open source software community because last month 
he dared to make a deal with SCO Group (nasdaq: SCOX - news - people ), 
a company reviled by fans of Linux and other open source software.

Open source programs are made available with their source code, or basic 
underlying instructions, available for anyone to read, modify or copy. 
Traditional software, like that sold by Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT - news - 
people ), ships with the source code kept secret.



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