But MySQL is far from the only Sun technology with a loyal and concerned following.
"Many people have been wondering about GlassFish and NetBeans, especially the second," said Michael Coté, an analyst with Redmonk. "While NetBeans fell behind in the Eclipse/NetBeans battle long ago, in recent years there's been some nice innovations in the NetBeans world. ... It would be a shame to see it die on the vine."
While many users have expressed concern over the fate of MySQL, others have pointed to the various MySQL offshoots, such as the Drizzle project, as evidence the database's future is sound.
It's hard to say whether NetBeans has the same support, according to Coté. "I wouldn't think so, but there might be a passionate NetBeans fork-group I don't know about."
Meanwhile, with GlassFish, Oracle "stops just short of saying they're going to mingle the code bases," Coté said. "There's no universal, technical definition of what 'aligning' means. ... I'd assume they mean make them work with each other or somehow friendly with each other."
But others expressed skepticism over the pledges contained in the FAQ.
"I hope I'm wrong, but I am afraid this will only last (most likely) till the first quarter when Oracle fails to meet financial expectations," wrote a commenter on the Java developer blog Javalobby. "Cuts will have to follow and guess who will be up first. That's just how it works. Oracle can't maintain 2 or 3 competing product lines (and I can only imagine the amount of internal politics between JDeveloper and NetBeans teams, Glassfish vs Weblogic teams, etc)."