Open Source Going Strong Despite SCO Suits

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2004-04-16 Print this article Print

Open-source database use is experiencing strong growth, with 52 percent of respondents reporting that they're now using or plan to use MySQL AB's open-source database.

Open-source use is going strong, in spite of a spate of lawsuits brought by the SCO Group Inc. According to a new report from Forrester Research Inc., a full 60 percent of respondents said theyre currently using or plan to use open-source technology.

Forrester surveyed 140 large North American companies on their open-source plans and found that MySQL ABs open-source database was high on respondents project lists, with 52 percent of respondents reporting that theyre now using it or plan to use it.
Thats exactly what MySQL Co-founder Michael "Monty" Widenius is going after: namely, getting MySQL into more developers hands and into a greater geographical distribution, running more applications and on a wide array of devices such as PDAs, he told in an exclusive interview when he was in Orlando, Fla., for the MySQL user conference this week.
To read the full interview with MySQL co-founder and CTO Monty Widenius, click here. Next page: Widenius outlines his goals for the company.

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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