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> However sad that may be for the MySQL (or OpenOffice) brand name, the code itself lives on and continues to evolve within a rich open source ecosystem.

Perhaps Oracle's influence was a net positive. It continually reinforces that open-source software is more about contributing positively to the code rather than simply controlling the trademark. Mozilla could be seen as the anti-Oracle in this regard. The community believes their control of the Firefox trademark has been mostly a good thing.




Indeed, I hope that long term it will be a net positive, and also a learning experience. In the mean time, we'll have to deal with confusion about the brand and FUD about the codebase, however. So I sincerely hope that we as developers can see behind the curtain, recognize the wizard operating the strings, and chose to not engage with the bait.




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