Under Oracle's ownership, "I don't see foresee any substantial changes from how MySQL AB or Sun made the distinction [between what was in the community and commercial editions]," Screven told InfoWorld. "I expect that core features will end up in community edition. There will be some value-add, like monitoring or backup, that make sense in the enterprise edition."
While Screven said that Oracle definitely wants to run MySQL as a business to make money, he emphasized that he and others at the company liked the way the open source community edition made it easy for people to start up projects. "It would be a mistake for us to starve the community edition because that would impinge upon the ubiquity of MySQL," he said.
The larger MySQL community now includes several forks of the MySQL core tool like MariaDB and Drizzle produced by ex-MySQL employees. Both are experimenting with different data storage engines and other enhancements. Screven wished them the best of luck, but suggested that the new Oracle-backed MySQL will continue to focus on taking care of commercial customers.
"I think it will be hard for those guys to create a forked product with the kind of commercial support that our customers need for production applications," Screven said. "We're really focused on ensuring that MySQL becomes a better product and appeals to our customers. What we're fundamentally selling here is support."
This article, "The future of MySQL according to Oracle," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the latest developments in business technology news and get a digest of the key stories each day in the InfoWorld Daily newsletter and on your mobile device at infoworldmobile.com.
Read more about data management in InfoWorld's Data Management Channel.