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.
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!
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