In fact, for the most part, Oracle has kept key open source projects like NetBeans, MySQL, and GlassFish -- in some cases, contrary to expectations. "We are surprised Oracle is hanging on to NetBeans," Rymer says, "but it is apparently going to try to make NetBeans work as a mobile development environment of some sort. This doesn't make much sense to us, but it is what it is." In fact, Oracle maintains NetBeans despite having backed its own JDeveloper IDE and Eclipse IDE.
MySQL, meanwhile, hangs on as a potential competitor to Microsoft's SQL Server database, Rymer says -- even though some MySQL developers have split off to pursue MariaDB.
GlassFish is also worthwhile for Oracle to keep, Hilwa contends: "GlassFish has a relatively strong community around it and tends to be the quickest way to support the latest and newest Java standards. It is considered a reference implementation for new Java capabilities and is also relatively lightweight, easy to install, load, and use."
Another open source effort that Oracle ended -- the OpenSolaris distribution of the Solaris OS -- showcases Oracle's strategy: It cut the open source version to focus on the commercial variant.
Oracle declined comment on its open source plans.
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