[From Linux Today
"Future versions of MySQL's flagship database will add new features that will make it more comparable to MaxDB, a commercial product from MySQL that is based on SAP's open source database.
In an interview at Comdex, MySQL CEO Mårten Mickos contended that MaxDB is just as capable as the Oracle and IBM DB2 databases, for example. Mickos added that the product represents a rebranding and enhancement of SAP DB, a open-source database that originated as a university research project in Europe back during the 1970s.
Through a cross licensing and technology pact signed with SAP, MySQL acquired full commercial rights to develop and market future releases of SAP DB.
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