Oracle increasing MySQL Support Costs

Posted by Bill Bradford on Oct 8, 2010

According to this Register article, Oracle will be eliminating the Basic and Silver support options for MySQL (unless customers lock themselves into a 3-year contract now) and increasing prices on the remaining options.

This blog post has more thoughts on the matter from someone involved with the Postgresql side of things.

Personally, I think this is turning into a textbook example of how to buy a company, and then shoot yourself in the foot and drive away customers. Oracle’s “We’re the phone company, we don’t have to care”-type attitude may work with its Oracle database, but it certainly won’t work with smaller markets like MySQL (which has a perfectly free competitor in Postgresql) or the Solaris OS.

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