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As Oracle swallows Sun, MySQL, NetBeans and Glassfish not in danger

Since Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems in April, much speculation has surfaced about the enterprise software giant’s commitment to MySQL, NetBeans and Glassfish. At Oracle Open World in October, CEO Larry Ellison tried to quell concerns on both fronts,  claiming each was critical to Oracle’s future.

“If anything, we’re going to invest more in MySQL,” Ellison said at the conference keynote. “Not less.”

Furthering these sentiments, Oracle has released a number of statements and, recently, a FAQ stating the company’s position across many of its major divisions and aquisitions.

In the FAQ, Oracle said Sun’s open-source Java application server, Glassfish, is far from in any danger.

Oracle plans to continue evolving GlassFish Enterprise Server, delivering it as the open source reference implementation (RI) of the Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE) specifications, and actively supporting the large GlassFish community. Additionally, Oracle plans to invest in aligning common infrastructure components and innovations from Oracle WebLogic Server and GlassFish Enterprise Server to benefit both Oracle WebLogic Server and GlassFish Enterprise Server customers.


As for NetBeans, the company reaffirmed both JDeveloper’s position as Fusion Middleware’s main development tool and the open source tool’s availability should customers prefer it.

Also in the FAQ, Oracle stated its position on MySQL in the same Vein as its chief.

“Oracle plans to spend more money developing MySQL than Sun does now,” the FAQ stated.

The company also said it plans to add open-source MySQL to its existing suite of database products.

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