[UFO Chicago] Story Of A Death Foretold -- Oracle And Sleepycat

Brian Sobolak brian at planetshwoop.com
Wed Feb 15 10:37:20 PST 2006

So I don't know how many of you have seen this:


Oracle has purchased Sleepycat, and is considering buying JBoss and Zend
(the company behind some PHP products).  While I figure the GPL will
ultimately prevent Oracle from completely destroying these products, I
have a tough time imagining them being as responsive to community requests
for features as they have been in the past, not to mention a drop-off in
contributions because frankly, who wants their contributions to be used by

It's interesting to see things develop from geek grassroots to corporate
superstars, but I see this as a bad trend -- it's hard to get people to
give up precious free time for something someone else profits from.  In
bits and pieces, the culture of sharing is being bought.


Brian Sobolak

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