In pictures: The mixed fate of Sun tech under Oracle

From Java to SPARC, critical Sun technologies have lived on, been cut loose, or lost their luster in the four years since the Oracle acquisition

MySQL Once billed as a possible threat to Oracle’s database server dominance, the open source MySQL database became Oracle property just two years after Sun acquired MySQL for $1 billion in 2008.

Oracle now bills MySQL as a solution for e-commerce, OLTP, and embedded database applications, and it offers multiple versions, including enterprise and cluster configurations. Gosling, however, sees a dismal future for the database. MySQL, Gosling says, “was not killed off, but [is] vanishing fast from the general discourse.” It is being replaced by forks and NoSQL, he says.

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