Open Database Alliance created for MySQL
The Open Database Alliance (ODA) has been launched. The consortium, founded by Monty Program AB, the company created by MySQL founder Monty Widenius, and MySQL specialists Percona, has been created as a focal point for all companies, organisations and individuals with an interest in MySQL and the future development of the open source database. According to the announcement, the ODA will be comprised of companies involved in providing software, support and services for MariaDB, Monty Program's fork of MySQL.
The ODA intends to unify all MySQL related activity as a counter to "the fragmentation and uncertainty facing the communities, businesses and technical experts involved with MySQL"; a reference to the acquisition of MySQL owner Sun by database giant Oracle and the worries Widenius and others have over Oracle's plans for the MySQL database.
According to Widenius the Open Database Alliance has been created as a "thin umbrella". After leaving Sun Widenius wanted to create a smaller company to develop the database and plug-in to a community of MySQL developers and suppliers.