Sleepycat Software

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Sleepycat Software, Inc.
Former type Private company
Industry Computer software
Genre Database software
Fate Acquired
Successors Oracle Corporation
Founded 1997
Founders Margo Seltzer and Keith Bostic
Defunct 2006
Headquarters Lincoln, Massachusetts, U.S.
Key people Michael Olson (CEO)
Products Berkeley DB

Sleepycat Software, Inc. was the software company primarily responsible for maintaining the Berkeley DB packages from 1996 to 2006.

Berkeley DB is freely-licensed database software originally developed at the University of California, Berkeley for 4.4BSD Unix. Developers from that project founded Sleepycat in 1996 to provide commercial support after a request by Netscape to provide new features in the software.[1] In February 2006, Sleepycat was acquired by Oracle Corporation, which has continued developing Berkeley DB.[2]

The founders of the company were spouses Margo Seltzer and Keith Bostic, who are also the original authors of Berkeley DB. Another original author, Michael Olson, was the President and CEO of Sleepycat. They were all at University of California, Berkeley, where they developed the software that grew to become Berkeley DB. Sleepycat was originally based in Carlisle, Massachusetts[3] and moved to Lincoln, Massachusetts.[4]

Sleepycat distributed Berkeley DB under a proprietary software license that included standard commercial features, and simultaneously under the newly created Sleepycat License, which allows open source use and distribution of Berkeley DB with a copyleft redistribution condition similar to the GNU General Public License.[1]

Sleepycat had offices in California, Massachusetts and the United Kingdom, was profitable during its entire existence,[5] and had numerous major customers, both open source[6] and proprietary.[7]

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  1. ^ a b Brunelli, Mark (March 28, 2005). "A Berkeley DB primer". Enterprise Linux News. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  2. ^ Babcock, Charles (February 14, 2006). "Oracle Buys Sleepycat, Is JBoss Next?". InformationWeek. Retrieved 2007-01-17. 
  3. ^ "The Sleepycat Software Contact Page". Carlisle, Massachusetts: Sleepycat Software, Inc. 1997-05-12. Archived from the original on 1997-12-10. Retrieved 2010-04-14. 
  4. ^ "The Sleepycat Software Contact Page". Lincoln, Massachusetts: Sleepycat Software, Inc. 2000-06-08. Archived from the original on 2000-12-05. Retrieved 2010-04-14. 
  5. ^ "About Sleepycat". Lincoln, Massachusetts: Sleepycat Software, Inc. 2006-01-04. Archived from the original on 2006-03-15. 
  6. ^ "Customers: Open Source". Sleepycat PR. Retrieved 2007-01-17.  archive at the Wayback Machine (archived December 5, 2005)
  7. ^ "Customers: Customer List". Sleepycat PR. Retrieved 2007-01-17.  archive at the Wayback Machine (archived December 5, 2005)

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