Free Databases get better all the time
By DaveLevy on May 22, 2006
Dave Axmark, (see also here...one of the founders of My SQL spoke next after lunch. After he stopped talking about the product he presented some interesting slides on adoption compared with other open source projects, which probably prove the centrality of database to multi-user computing. He repeated the centrality of the "Easy Install" to the design goals of MySQL. He almost said "Release Early, Release Often!", but actually argued for the "containerisation" of fault fixes, and saves them up for infrequent releases, a version of "Do one thing really well!", which he stated was a design philosophy of MySQL.
"Free databases get better all the time!"
Why? Good bug reports are worth more than good code. Adoption leads to quality; all code lines are distributed to all users, the licensor does not/cannot utilise price discrimination and therefore do not create marketing/pricing packages, everyone gets everything. You have access to the ultimate documentation, the source. (I'm not 100% impressed by this argument). Security is not by obscurity. He also repeated messages other Open Source companies articulate that the community reputations developed in Open Source act as great recruitment funnels, so staff are good & known, have a good fit with the culture and a passion for the product. All arguments that apply to software other than databases!