Thursday, April 17, 2008

MySQL reserves features for paying customers; open-source community up in arms [ComputerWorld]

A timely reality check for open source DBMSs

Open-source darling MySQL is facing a new uprising within its customer base over plans disclosed this week to reserve some key upcoming features, and their source code, for paying users of its namesake database.

Officials at Sun Microsystems Inc., which acquired MySQL in February, confirmed that new online backup capabilities now under development will be offered only to MySQL Enterprise customers — not to the much larger number of users of the free MySQL Community edition.

MySQL reserves features for paying customers; open-source community up in arms

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