With the comments on Slashdot in mind, and with the knowledge that MySQL 5.0 will be announced soon, eWEEK.com Database Editor Lisa Vaas decided to catch up with MySQL AB CEO Marten Mickos to get some feedback on the community commentary and to find out what his companys planning in the new year.
eWEEK.com: What are your expectations, plans, hopes and wishes for MySQL as it enters the new year?
Mickos: I believe 2004 will be a year of great economies. There will be good economy for users of Linux who expand to use the entire open-source stack. There will be good economy for all those open-source vendors who by now have a viable business model. And there will be economies of scale as open-source solutions are being duplicated, replicated and multiplied all over the world.
eWEEK.com:Were seeing some up tick in the economy. How do you think that will impact MySQL?
Mickos:I agree with the view that the economy is slowly recovering, and thats good news for everyone. That said, customers tell us that they will continue to want to do more with less, and thats why I believe that MySQLs business may grow faster in 2004 than in 2003.
You might even claim (and I certainly believe so) that open source is one of the enablers of the economic recovery, as it allows companies to expand and deploy new systems without having to risk their financial stability.