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Oracle buys Sleepycat

It becomes stranger and stranger. After bying the open source
company InnoBase, Timesten, and others, Oracle now also bought
SleepyCat. Oracle also released its own freeware in the form of Oracle
Express. One could think that this aquisition of SleepyCat, could be an
extra effort to strenghen the XML DB functionality. Regarding embedded
databases it has also al lot of good products like the Oracle Express,
Timesten and or Oracle Light.

Sleepycat has always had an big impact in the opensource community. On the sleepycat blog is mentioned that:

We conservatively estimate that there are 200 million copies of
Berkeley DB running out there. Berkeley DB is in every copy of Linux,
every distro, whether it’s server, desktop or embedded. It’s also in
every copy of BSD Unix, so OpenBSD, FreeBSD, NetBSD, etc. Every copy of
OpenLDAP and sendmail uses us. Every copy of OpenOffice and StarOffice
(Sun estimates 40 million are out there). 3 million Motorola
cellphones. Many copies of Movable Type, Subversion and Apache HTTP
server. A small number of MySQL deployments use Berkeley DB. I could go

To give an example… 



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  1. Jacco Landlust February 21, 2006
  2. Stephan H. Wissel February 16, 2006