Everyone seems to have an opinion about what should happen to MySQL if Oracle purchases Sun Microsystems - the current owner popular open source database server. According to a survey by The 451 Group, usage of MySQL is expected to drop, if Oracle takes over MySQL.
Of the 347 respondents, 82.1 percent use MySQL today. By 2011, that number drops to 78.7 percent, and down to 72.3 percent in 2014, according to The 451 Group Web site survey results.
Coinciding with that decline, the survey predicts that PostgreSQL usage will go up. Today, 27.1 percent of the Commercial Adoption of Open Source respondents use PostgreSQL. By 2011, that number is expected to go up to 30.5 percent. MariaDB usage is expected to increase, but it's currently at zero among the group.
Despite concern over the future of MySQL if its controlled by Oracle, respondents said they'd be more likely to use Oracle's database in the future from 19.3 percent today to 21.6 percent by 2014.
Some people just don't care. Nearly 14 percent of all respondents said that it doesn't matter to them what happens with MySQL and Oracle.