You’ve probably seen Monty’s post Help Saving MySQL. This is about
- Development (will Oracle put significant effort into MySQL, actually innovating)
- Brand (”MySQL” has a huge footprint), the trademark owner can enforce this – there have already been issues with companies offering MySQL related services via Google AdWords not being able to use the word MySQL in their ad text even though it was correctly used as an adjective.
- Forking is fine, but still has to deal with the branding. For MySQL, that’s possibly the most significant issue of …