Last night at the Oracle OpenWorld MySQL Community Reception, there were lots of old and new friends milling about. It occurred to me that there is one very important thing Oracle has NOT changed about the MySQL world – the rock stars and higher-ups are still readily accessible.
One of the things I love about being in the open source community is that you can have an in-depth conversation with someone, and only later on find out that this person is famous. For the most part, rock stars and important people are readily accessible. They stay in the same hotels that attendees do, they take the same elevators, they are not whisked away by bodyguards, and they do not play the “don’t you know who I am?” card.
Now, it’s not surprising that the community rock stars like Mark Callaghan, Baron Schwartz, Giuseppe Maxia and Sarah Novotny are still as accessible as ever. However, Ed Screven and Thomas Ulin were also around for the party, and I can confirm that Thomas was one of the last dozen or so to leave (Ronald Bradford and I closed out the party and were the last to leave).
So, kudos to Oracle for not keeping your VIPs locked up in a bunker. I am very glad to see this aspect of open source culture still thriving.