MySQL is being eaten away from within and without by former and current employees, perhaps calling for a way to protect itself: commercial extensions.
MySQL is becoming an umbrella for all sorts of forks. Here's what that could be good for Sun.
MySQL has a problem: the project has become so important that many have forgotten the company at its heart.
Oracle risks alienating MySQL's developers, given that it might have little incentive to ensure its future success. This could provide fodder for a fruitful fork--by Red Hat.
MySQL has always made a great database. Now it's using commercial add-ons to also build a great database business.
The European Union is trying to protect customers by holding up Oracle's proposed merger of Sun. In fact, its interference won't help open source and could hurt MySQL.