In a despicable business practice, I received a message from a PR
Firm representing Ingres. Now, I even wrote about the controversy
that seems to have swept the open source community; but even my
writings were not completely factually correct — I wrote that
even if online backups were closed it was not necessarily the
worst thing in the world. The actual parts of the online backup
that are not open source and free are compression and encryption
— that is all.
So really, we are talking about a very small part of backup. The
last I saw most people used their own compressing (ie, | gzip -c)
and encryption for backups. And honestly, I would rather use
tried and true compression and encryption than something new that
MySQL comes up with, so I do not even see most people wanting
compression nor encryption.
But that’s besides the point. If Ingres thinks they can win
customers over by swooping in when a controversy is happening, …[Read more]