MySQL improvement goals include both a stronger emphasis on Windows and boosts related to the LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL Perl/PHP/Python) stack, Arno said. "We will see things in this area," he said. Better ease-of-use is a goal as well.A respectful relationship with the MySQL community remains a priority, according to Arno. Since the merger was announced nearly a year ago, MySQL users have voiced concerns about the deal. A couple of attendees at the conference Thursday had contrasting views on Oracle's ownership of MySQL. "I cannot see any business reason that Oracle has to keep MySQL around," said Laurie Voss, tech lead at Snowball Factory, which offers campaign-tracking for social media. "They're not going to shut it down completely -- that would obviously be a PR disaster. They're just going to marginalize it," Voss said. "They're going to turn it into like the amateur product, which nobody here believes it is," said Voss. He cited Oracle's intentions to focus on Windows accommodations for MySQL as evidence of plans for marginalization. Another attendee had a more positive perspective. "I think [Oracle] will want to support it. They'll have a lot of resources put behind it," said Zack Huston, a developer and database administrator at PaperBackSwap.com, a Website for trading books. "Shutting it down would just mean there would be another open source competitor that would rise up," said Huston. Voss also expressed sentiments that a product similar to MySQL could emerge. Earlier in the week at the conference, Edward Screven, Oracle chief architect, cited performance improvements for MySQL. However, he also said some features, such as hot backup, will be in only the commercial edition of MySQL, not the freely downloadable community edition. Oracle, for its part, already has had open source experience of its own, participating in open source software efforts such as contributions to the Apache Software Foundation, Arno said.
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