However, things are mostly definitely changing. The trend for the last year has been major developments outside of MySQL AB, funded by everyone from Google to Percona to MontyProgram. In fact, the 5.4 release of MySQL is little more than a re-packaging of external patches. This is a far cry from an earlier MySQL AB driven development model. With Oracle’s purchase of Sun and by extension MySQL AB, this change has accelerated.
Sounds really sad for such a important piece that, as part of LAMP, has pushed the web forward. But I know at least 2 NoSQL databases that will use this opportunity in their favor.