There's a link the MySQL home page to the Fortune Magazine story about MySQL (Can an Open-Source Database Threaten Microsoft, Oracle, and IBM?). I'm quoted twice in the article. My favorite:

MySQL is to Oracle as Linux is to Windows. It will slowly but steadily creep up the food chain, just like Linux has.

I'm glad they used that one.

Kudos to Fortune, too. I've talked with a fair number of reports about MySQL over the last few years. Usually they're rather clueless about databases, Open Source, and MySQL. Not so in this case.

Speaking of the MySQL site, I contacted to ask why there's no RSS feed for their headlines. It turns out there are several. They're just not well-advertised yet.

Cool! The MySQL folks continue to rock.

Hopefully they'll become more visible soon? (Hi, Jim!)

Update: For some reason NetNewsWire doesn't like the feed(s). I've yet to try and figure out why. Hmm. I'm sure it'll get fixed quickly once we know what's wrong.

Update #2: As noted in the comments, Jim fixed the feeds. Thanks to help from an on-line validator. Also, as Harrison notes, the story is also on CNN's site.

Posted by jzawodn at March 14, 2003 09:25 AM

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# Jason Clark said:

I ran the 'everything' feed past Mark & Sam's RSS Validator ( and got the answer right away... invalid XML, courtesy of an amperand in an item title which was not properly encoded (#1 feed buster in my opinion).

You can check it here:

Karma++ to the MySQL folks for the feeds anyway! Good luck fixing them.

on March 14, 2003 09:50 AM
# Harrison said:

The story ended up getting picked up by CNN, you can see it at

on March 14, 2003 10:30 AM
# jim winstead said:

i wish i could take even a tiny bit of credit for that fortune article.

the trick with making the rss feeds more visible is figuring out how to do it without confusing people who have no clue what this rss thing is all about. (and i hate those stupid orange xml buttons.)

of course, if you'd tried rss autodiscovery, you would have at least found the main rss feed. :)

oh, and by replacing .com with .de, you can get the german versions of those feeds. and the feeds have been fixed to include descriptions (and validate again). and for some of the non-main feeds, they've been fixed to actually include content. (oops!)

and somewhere on my todo list is ical output of the upcoming events and training....

on March 14, 2003 10:39 AM
# jim winstead said:

the feeds for and at least the main one for work just fine for me in netnewswire lite now.

on March 14, 2003 10:45 AM
# Scott Johnson said:

Cool. I added the main feed to Feedster. I also think they may be sending down a wrong mime type -- unlike other feeds, it refuses to open in any browser I have.

on March 14, 2003 10:52 AM
# Dan Isaacs said:

I had lunch with Mark and Sam today. We didn't validate anything, though. :)

on March 14, 2003 10:58 AM
# jim winstead said:

it uses the not-quite-official "application/rss+xml" mime type.

on March 14, 2003 11:40 AM
# Dotan Cohen said:

Those feed are intermittent at best. Now that I've _found_ them, I'm having a hard time reading them.

Sigh, guess I'll just have to keep Firefox fired up...

on May 2, 2006 06:53 AM
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