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Summary: Linux talent leaves Oracle
ORACLE has a bit of an opportunity to heal its PR wounds if it drops the case against Android (Google) by not appealing. For the time being, Oracle continues to be seen as a foe of Linux to some degree and it’s not going to help database sales (many run it on top of GNU/Linux and the buyers love Linux).
Linux developers have grown more suspicious of Oracle, it’s not just Android developers (who are sometimes the same people as Linux developers). Oracle’s best known Linux developer (at least in my view) is leaving the company. Time to say goodbye to Oracle:
Chris says on the mailing list, “From a Btrfs point of view, very little will change. I’ll still maintain Btrfs and will continue all of my Btrfs development in the open. Oracle will still use Btrfs in their Oracle Linux products, and I’ll work with all of the distros using Btrfs in production. Fusion-io really believes in open source, and I’m excited to help them shape the future of high performance storage.”
So basically Btrfs will continue to live (it’s Free software), but not necessarily be maintained by Oracle staff. Will Oracle’s attitude lead to the departure of more Linux talent? █