There’s a group that is trying to form a community hub for MySQL (probably defensively given Oracle’s acquisition of Sun). The key figure is one of the original authors of MySQL (Monty Widenius)
According to a statement from the Open Database Alliance (ODA), the consortium will act as a hub for MySQL and its derivative code, binaries, training, and support. Specifically, the ODA will work on the software, support and service for Widenius’ branch of MySQL, MariaDB.
MariaDB is an enterprise-grade, community-developed branch of MySQL. Its name is a function of the fact that Sun owns the trademark for the term “MySQL” and the fact that the source uses the Maria storage engine, in turn named after Widenius’ daughter.
This could be the beginning of a fracturing of MySQL, or it could be a good defense against Oracle being heavy-handed. Time will tell.