I recently found about this initiative and would like to add my two cents to try and help a little bit. In case you don't know, here's the drill, as explained on the first introductory paragraph from this initiative's HOME SITE.
"In April 2009, Oracle announced that it had agreed to acquire Sun. Since Sun had acquired MySQL the previous year, this would mean that Oracle, the market leader for closed source databases, would get to own MySQL, the most popular open source database."
If you ever used MySQL, you probably know what a great product it's become. In my opinion, it is one of those products that really show how good opensource software can be. If you have never used it, well, take my word for it. ;-)
What this initiative is trying to achieve could be summarised as follows:
- Ensure that MySQL future innovation is guaranteed. As you can imagine, chances that Oracle will invest in maintaining MySQL development are slim at best.
- Push competition authorities to ensure a viable solution for MySQL, either by transferring ownership to a third party, raising an exception so MySQL is licensed under GPL, or releasing it altogether under the Apache license.
I have already signed the petition, and if you have not already done the same, I would like to urge you to do so as soon as possible.
You can sign HERE