Tim O'Reilly and Jeremy Zawodny comment on the recent Oracle acquisition of Innobase Oy and the implication for MySQL.
Innobase Oy produces the transactional InnoDB storage engine used by MySQL. While the default in MySQL is super-fast MyISAM engine, that engine does not support transactions and does not directly compete with Oracle.
Tim, Jeremy, and many others are concerned about this move by Oracle. I do think this is a big issue for MySQL.
Fortunately for developers, there are other open source transactional database products available including the widely used Postgres.