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

Nate Riffe inkblot at movealong.org
Wed Feb 15 11:24:39 PST 2006

Brian Sobolak said this (probably recently):
> So I don't know how many of you have seen this:
> <http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/13871708.htm>
> 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
> Oracle?
> 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.

None of the software produced by those three companies is licensed
under the GPL.  Sleepycat and Zend use their own licenses, and JBoss
uses the LGPL.

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