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Future of LAMP…… LAPP?

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Libraries all over the world are using free and open-source softwares due to a number of reasons. FOSS are really a blessings for librarians to provide the services to their users by using free and open source softwares in this digital area. FOSS are helping us in:

  • Browsing Internet (FireFox)
  • Creating and editing text files (Notepad++)
  • Searching Internet (Google- Google uses MySQL Database)
  • Social Networking (Facebook- MySQL is the choice as database in Facebook)
  • Integrated Library Systems (Koha, OpenBiblio, PhpMyBibli)
  • Digital Library Softwares (Greenstone, EPrints, DSpace)

Most of FOSS developers used to use LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Perl) framework for development. But now there is a “little” change (Although its effect is no more little).
First look on the following exerts from http://www.mysql.com/news-and-events/sun-to-acquire-mysql.html website

“Sun Microsystems Announces Agreement to Acquire MySQL, Developer of the World’s Most Popular Open Source Database….”

Yes Sun is going to acquire MySQL and other news is from Sun Inc. Have a look at http://www.sun.com/third-party/global/oracle/

“On April 20, 2009, Sun and Oracle announced a definitive agreement under which Oracle will acquire Sun common stock for $9.50 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $7.4 billion, or $5.6 billion net of Sun’s cash and debt.”

Now no one know what Sun Inc is going to do with MySQL. If there is any change in MySQL licensing, FOSS community will not have an important element of LAMP (I mean M for MySQL)

So can we say that Free and Open-Source Movement is on stake? … The answer is No because FOSS community is committed to make their way in every difficulty…. the alternative is PostgreSQL (http://www.postgresql.org/)
PostgreSQL is a world class free and open-source database and claims “The world’s most advanced open source database.”

Now the post MySQL scenario can be a little bit different. After the replacement of MySQL with PostgreSQL the LAMP platform may be changed to LAPP (Linux, Apache, PostgreSQL, PHP/Perl)…

Hope for the best….!!!

Further readings:

  1. http://www.mysql.com/news-and-events/sun-to-acquire-mysql.html
  2. http://www.sun.com/third-party/global/oracle/
  3. Whither MySQL,Whither LAMP? by jOhN C. DvOrAk (PC Mag June 2009)
  4. http://blog.page2rss.com/2007/01/postgresql-vs-mysql-performance.html
  5. http://wskills.blogspot.com/2007/01/postgresql-vs-mysql-benchmark.html

Ata ur Rehman
ata.rehman@gmail.com

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