MS Office vs OpenOffice

If you are curious about MS Office and OpenOffice, and how they stack up against each other, here’s a good article¬† comparing the two Office suites. We already know OpenOffice is free. Microsoft could not get any better than offering MS Office for less than $50, which we know will never happen.

Most users will gravitate to MS Office, a suite they already are familiar with. OpenOffice offers an intriguing prospect because it’s free and almost compatible. I say almost because most of the functions work, but not all. There are other criteria worth checking out. Here’s the article.

So What Happens to MySQL

mysqlWe all woke up Monday morning and heard the news. Oracle just bought Sun Microsystems for 7.4 billion. Oracle produces business software and databases. By acquiring Sun, Oracle becomes a hardware vendor with Sun’s family of servers and workstations. Oracle also inherits Java and its assortment of programs. It also gains an operating system called Solaris. And most importantly, Oracle is now the proud owner of the widely popular open-source database called MySQL.

At first, the acquisition makes a lot of sense. But, some think that this buyout is a mistake. Does Oracle really want to become a hardware vendor? Can it sell servers and workstations better than Sun ever did? Can it make Solaris more popular than Linux? Or was Oracle only after MySQL? We will never know the answers to these questions. At least, not in the immediate future. So, what happens to MySQL?

No one knows for sure. Will Oracle make money from it? No one has done it before. Not even MySQL. So, will Oracle simply kill it or charge existing and future users? One thing is for sure, some people will bail out. There are other options out there. One thing about open-source, you can’t really kill it. You can buy it, but you can’t stop it from forking.

Michael “Monty” Widenius, the founder of MySQL and Monty Program Ab has already left Sun a few months back and has forked MySQL with a database called MariaDB. Another option is to go with PostgreSQL, another open-source database that has played second fiddle to MySQL all these years.

It will be interesting to see which direction will MySQL go to under the direction of Oracle.

Linux World 2005

I went to Linux World 2005 Exhibition today. The usual big companies were there like HP, Sun, IBM, AMD, Oracle and Sybase. Linux giants Redhat and Novell were also present along with a few companies with smaller Linux distributions.

I was a bit disappointed since I expected a bit more. Missing were the popular Slackware, Debian, Gentoo, FreeBSD, TurboLinux and Mandriva companies. Where are you guys? It was nice to see MySQL. I expected a bit more Linux gadgets, but there were few and far between. The big companies clearly dominated the Linux World Exhibition. They had the largest and best spots on the floor.

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