Mongo is Wrongo! — Seriously, Percona?

The Percona marketing team is being very clever again: Is Mongo Wrongo?

Their inspiration from:! — Or maybe they should not push Mongo at all, just stick with MySQL:


I am sure that in some corners open-source users are celebrating Percona freeing them from the tyranny of yet another open-source provider - this time it is MongoDB. But I can’t help myself, to me this is the worst kind of the abuse that open-source enables.

Instead of contributing back to the original project, and in that way benefitting the project as a whole, Percona takes over smaller open-source projects (such as Galera) and larger open source projects (MySQL, MongoDB), then adds some small enhancements, especially when compared to the work done by the original developers, slaps its own name on it, and proceeds to make some negative comments against those who have done the hardest work.

Fair? You decide!

After being involved with the open-source space for some two decades and seeing closely some of its giants - such as Linus Thorvald (a Finn), Monty Widenius (a Finn), David Axmark (a Swede) in action - I have to admit that I prefer the Scandinavian way to build and manage open-source projects over Peter’s way of thinking. Peter the Great always says that he is doing what is the best for the customers. Naturally only after what is the best for him, with no regard for the original developers of the code.

Continuent has worked hard to improve the MySQL platform's ability to run business- and mission-critical applications for almost 20 years. We would never subject ourselves to this type of abuse, hence we proudly remain a commercial, proprietary license.

We know that even with the commercial license we create significant value-add for MySQL users, at the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO). When calculating TCO, the software alone is not the only cost to consider. In addition to the software cost (which is supposedly free when using open-source), there are internal development costs, external consulting costs, higher database administration costs, 24/7 support costs, and the high probability for lost revenue when using a solution that is not complete, fully-tested and proven.

Yeah, as a full disclosure, I am also a Finn, thus biased. We Finns have a very deeply rooted sense of justice, and a pretty direct way of communicating. So, when we see something wrong, we call it out. It is ultimately up to you to judge whether you feel that I am right or wrong.

In the meantime, please support the original developers of the code!

Smooth sailing,

I have no vested interest in Linux, MySQL, MariaDB, Galera, or MongoDB

About the Author

Eero Teerikorpi
Founder and CEO

The founder of Continuent is a 7-time serial entrepreneur who has more than 30 years of high-tech management and enterprise software experience. Eero has been in the MySQL marketplace virtually since day one, from the early 2000s. Eero has held top management positions at various cross-Atlantic entities (CEO at Alcom Corporation, President at Capslock, Executive Board Member at Esker S.A.) Eero started his career as a Product Manager at Apple Computer in Finland in the mid-80s. Eero also owns and manages a boutique NOET Vineyards producing high-quality dry-farmed Cabernet Sauvignon.

Eero is a former Navy officer and still an avid sailor on San Francisco Bay and around the world. Eero is a very active sportsman: a 4+ tennis player, a rookie golfer, a very careful mountain biker, and an experienced (40+ years) skier, both slalom and cross-country.

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