Mysql closing new features -- thoughts?

Matthew Walker mwalker at
Thu Apr 17 08:46:46 MDT 2008

On Thu, April 17, 2008 8:38 am, Stuart Jansen wrote:
> On Thu, 2008-04-17 at 09:48 -0400, Grant Shipley wrote:
>> Seems very odd that Sun has recently taken the stand that open source
>> is good (Java) but then does this with some features of MySql.
> That's just Sun being Sun. For as long as I've been using Linux they've
> been inconsistent friends. They contribute a lot behind the scenes, but
> every once in a while they go crazy and do something like this.

Actually, this is MySQL AB being MySQL AB. This decision was made before the merger,
according to the former CEO of MySQL. (Now Senior VP at Sun.)

I'm not thrilled with the idea, but now that my initial paranoia is wearing off, I don't
have a problem with it. The same SVP stated that the main DB server will /always/ be
under a FOSS license. And I believe him. Look at everything Sun has put into the OSS
domain: OpenOffice, Java, OpenSolaris, OpenSPARC, etc. I think they'll make the right
decision here.

Matthew Walker
Kydance Hosting & Consulting
LAMP & MU* Specialist

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