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Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-05-17

  • OS execs split over fate of MySQL under Oracle’s grip
    “A lot of people think Oracle has been a pretty good steward of the open source it has bought. Also, open source is a pretty go starting point for end-to-end solutions offerings, and now Oracle has almost a complete story,” said Chris Maresca, a founder and senior partner at Olliance Group in Palo Alto, Calif. “We’ve come full circle it seems, but perhaps, instead of giving the software away with the hardware, maybe Oracle with give the hardware away with a software subscription. “I do think there are a number of overlapping open source projects which will die, like NetBeans and Glassfish, “Maresca added.
  • MySQL and Geospatial Data
    MySQL has had basic support for Geospatial Data since 4.1, but has lacked some of the features of the OpenGIS specifications since then. The good news is, this is rapidly changing. Our own Holyfoot has been hammering away at WorkLog #1327, to provide precise functions for our GIS support. Even better, it’s fast. How fast? Well, the good people at Oki Labs, apart from having implemented several new GIS functions for MySQL, have done some benchmarking, and it’s looking good. If you’ll excuse the cliched comparison to Postgres, here are the response times (seconds) of MySQL GIS vs. PostGIS in Oki’s test: Connections PostGIS MySQL 1 1.817 0.220 100 10.517 0.557

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