Ingres Advanced Age

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2004-06-01 Print this article Print

Predictably, MySQL is taking CAs move as a vote of confidence in open source. "Its like open source is getting another vote of confidence from a major IT player," Urlocker said. "CAs a major firm. Theyre pretty conservative. I think its great. Within the past few weeks, BEA, Microsoft and CA all open-sourced products. Previously, youd say theyre either threatened or could be by open source. But now, were seeing more partnerships and cooperation emerge in these areas." But theres one thing CAs doing differently from MySQL that might help it win customers in the open-source database market: Its offering a more straightforward license.
CA chose a modified version of the common public license that is easier to decipher than MySQLs dual license, particularly for the ISVs who may choose to embed or build upon either Ingres or MySQL.
Read more here about MySQLs ongoing license tweaking. Meta Groups Charlie Garry says all of the open-source-database inquiries Meta is getting are about MySQL. CA doesnt have much credibility now in the open-source world, he said, so it will be interesting to see whether it can build up a following to rival MySQLs. "Maybe its too late," Garry suggested. Maybe, given CAs recent run-ins with the law, the company has so many things on its collective mind that posing a serious challenge to MySQL will be a challenge. Time—and the unveiling of Ingres code that will happen within three months—will tell. Please register for TalkBack below and tell me and other readers what you think, or write to me at Database Center Editor Lisa Vaas has written about enterprise applications since 1997. Check out eWEEK.coms Database Center at for the latest database news, reviews and analysis.

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Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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