MySQL's latest release hit the 1 million download mark this week. A quick Q&A with MySQL's Zack Urlocker follows.
Why is interest in MySQL 5.0 so high?
Without question, people are tired of paying boatloads of their hard-earned cash to the big database vendors. But it's not just about low-cost. The LAMP stack gives you a lot of flexibility and scalability and reliability. It just works. Its convenient, and its fun.
The difference is that the power is no longer in the hands of the vendor--it has been transferred seemingly overnight to the consumer. It's a mature market and most people don't want or need the latest bell-and-whistle features.
I think that many Silicon Valley software companies have fallen into the same trap -- they are stuck asking themselves, "How can we make the most money?" instead of, "What do [Read more...]