The fact is, Monty's own company, Monty Program Ab, stands to benefit the most from bad stewardship of MySQL by Oracle.
If Oracle slows and closes up development, rejects community contributions and creates a commercial version of MySQL, then Monty Program's MariaDB fork will become very popular, very quickly.
Which would translate into income for Monty Program Ab as customers come to his company for additions, features and bug fixes that they need to secure there own production.
What Monty is concerned about is the commercial vendors of MySQL (one of which Monty Program is not).
These vendors either:
- OEM MySQL and integrate it into a commercial software or hardware product, or
- they produce a closed source (or dual-license) storage engine, which is sold with a commercial version of MySQL.
Of course Oracle cannot prevent 3rd parties from continuing to offer consulting, support and training for MySQL. But close sourcing and vigorous enforcement of trademarks can make things very difficult for such companies.
Unfortunately Oracles latest concessions may not be enough to satisfy investors in MySQL based technology either, because there is no guarantee of what happens after 5 years.