Oracle acquires SleepyCat?!

Holy cow – it’s a big info day. Oracle announced they’ve acquired SleepyCat software. That probably doesn’t mean much to many of you, but the BerkeleyDB product that they make is embedded in ALL sorts of programs and systems. Shoot – there’s a reason: It’s damn good.

The other side of this coin is that SleepyCat had a dual-license policy that enabled a huge number of open source projects to use their stuff. Fortunately, it looks like they’ll be keeping a dual-license policy for the near future. That said, I fully expect that Oracle will crack down on that at some point. Maybe I’m wrong – I hope I am – but my suspicions are definitely up.

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