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What will be the fate of MySQL and OpenOffice in future

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    Default What will be the fate of MySQL and OpenOffice in future

    Recently, I came to know that some of the opensource based products might be discontinued as per the news regarding recent developments and future possibilities.
    Potentially, it also looks like the OpenOffice and MySQL might also be understandably in danger of being put back in the bottle.
    So, I thought it is high time that the GOffice such as Abiword, Gnumeric, etc (I don't know the name of powerpoint-presentation-like-ppt and access-like-database utilities of GOffice yet), and even the LaTeX+TeX based equivalent such as Lyx (word-processor), etc develop so as to accomplish all whatever the present users expect the Office Suite to do.

    If recent announcement for availability of migration utility tools from MySQL to the MSSQL was made, even if it is proprietary I'm not clear as of what way can it be considered as significant since the MSSQL covers only windows.
    Currently, since most of the more known Content Management Systems use MySQL as the backend will their configurations be changed to default to PostgreSQL, Firebird, SQLite3, etc. I had seen the PostgreSQL to be very efficient in windows too, beating the speed of SQLExpress2005 (but of course not the Oracle) while running DMLs and DQLs for data with 1.8cr records in all three databases. The data-processing speed is improved further when run from spyce based web2 (mod_python mode) via psycopg2 db-adapter. Moreover, PostgreSQL's tools such as plperl, plpythonu, plruby, pltcl, etc have not so may equivalents from other databases except MySQL.
    The phoronix site's comparison results putting PostgreSQL's os-wise speed in the following order: 1) macosx10.6>linuxes and 2) linuxes>windows. ==> macosx10.6>linuxes>windows.
    I used PostgreSQL in windows (for django, spyce) and macosx (for rails) and but always manage to only install but not configure it under any Linux. Conversely, I could succeed MySQL in windows and linuxes but not macosx after installation. Although I could configure Oracle for Linux, the python connectivity tools such as cx_oracle, sqlalchemy, etc are not seen in any repository as such yet. And Oracle's support for python is only upto connectivity and only partial in case of PL/SQL for only tables but not procedures, functions, triggers, plsqltable, varrying arrays, nested tables, etc.
    It is surprising that despite this, the OpenOffice Base's (OpenAccess) database connect options have MySQL, Oracle, MSAccess, etc but not PostgeSQL yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgkaushik View Post
    Recently, I came to know that some of the opensource based products might be discontinued as per the news regarding recent developments and future possibilities.
    Potentially, it also looks like the OpenOffice and MySQL might also be understandably in danger of being put back in the bottle.
    If this happens it is really a disaster for people like me. I am used to OO for years now and I am not able to do some things in M$ Office which I am very familiar in OO. I heard about MySql development will be discontinued some years back. Contrary to that it has improved over the years to add more feature like support for function, transaction,etc. PostgreSql is one of the best opensource db for years better than MySql for databases with large sizes. Switchin to PostgreSql should not be a problem as it is as simple as MySql and it has more advanced features.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgkaushik View Post
    Recently, I came to know that some of the opensource based products might be discontinued as per the news regarding recent developments and future possibilities...
    What news and recent developments?

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    Perhaps this link may be useful. download latest version of
    OpenOffice
    development: OpenOffice.org - Information about releases that have reached "End-Of-Life" status

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    The product to be discontinued is OpenSolaris, OpenOffice2x.

    The StarOffice of yesterday (Sun License) is now OracleOpenOffice (Oracle License), whereas the news regarding the open community edition known as OpenOffice (GNU License) is reported as discontinued for the OpenOffice2x version at least.
    The site says that OpenOffice3x is available from the OS-specific repositories such as those for all the Linuxes (.rpm, .deb, .tbz2), ReactOS (.exe) (& hence Windows too) and also .dmg (MacOSX/OpenDarwin).
    What is not mentioned anywhere but understood is that things might not be same as it was -- whether it is OpenOffice, or MySQL or others.

    Main Difference between OpenOffice2x and OpenOffice3x is:
    1) OpenOffice3x is far more developed and improved than OpenOffice2x but minus the support for PostgreSQL database driver bridge (one of the main part; I don't know whether the proprietary StarOffice is different in this case); but otherwise the closure of the old 2x is not surprising at all.
    2) the driver support for PostgreSQL libraries in OpenOffice2x Base, which the OpenOffice3x Base provides only for MSAccess, MySQL, Oracle, others, etc; hopefully the 3x supports this in future.

    If one is looking for a complete plsql type support for python, then only PostgreSQL and MySQL qualifies (not Oracle).
    Whereas, if one is looking for an easy OfficeSuite interface for database connectivity then OpenOffice3x does it for MySQL and Oracle (not PostgreSQL).
    Combining the requirement of fulfilling both python's plsql type usage and OfficeSuite database connectivity, then now MySQL fulfils both.
    So, that puts MySQL in a uniquely important position for a while until future developments hopefully multiply this fulfillment from more number of these databases.
    Last edited by kgkaushik; 20th September 2010 at 10:01 PM.

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