When it comes to open source databases the two most obvious choices for the past few years have been MySQL and PostgreSQL. MySQL has been the more prominent one, with far higher adoption than PostgreSQL.
Following Oracle’s acquisition of Sun (who owns MySQL), most analysts expected to see a new fork or similar reactions from the MySQL open source database community. MySQL’s founder Monty Widenius has now initiated The Open Database Alliance, a vendor-neutral consortium designed to become the industry hub for the MySQL open source database.
Python’s Version 2.5 is expected in early 2006 with the updates likeÂ automate cleanup and correction of code. The new version Python 3.0 is still in the planning stage, “Python 3.0, will unify user and systems classes, It’s going to be the one release where we allow ourselves to break backward compatibility; this is sometimes necessary in order to fix early design mistakes.”,Â says van Rossum.