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April 19, 2005

Does Larry Ellison Deserve a Dart in His Face?

I saw that one of the vendors at MySQL 2005 had a dart board with a picture of Larry Ellison on it, letting people take a turn at throwing darts.

This bothers me.

First, my impression is that there are a lot of Oracle people here considering MySQL as an alternative. I'm not sure what kind of message that sends. I'd guess it doesn't help people feel good about MySQL. I've been a long-time MySQL user, have been off of Oracle for many years and I'd fight to use MySQL anywhere. Yet I get a crappy feeling when I see something like Larry on a dart board.

Second, I think most people realize that there are a lot of choices out there and in some cases another database is actually better for their requrements.

I should lighten up, right? It's just fun, right? I don't see what's funny about creating an us vs. them in this way, especially when some of "them" are here and we'd like them to think that "us" are worth their time.

Posted by mike at April 19, 2005 4:10 PM