Sun, MySQL Keep Some Features for Paying Customers

Lora Bentley

Word on the street -- and from the MySQL Conference and Expo, apparently -- is that Sun Microsystems has decided to reserve certain MySQL features for paying customers. Blogger and tech consultant Jeremy Cole says:

MySQL will start offering some features (specifically ones related to online backups) only in MySQL Enterprise. This represents a substantive change to their development model -- previously they have been developing features in both MySQL Community and MySQL Enterprise.

From the tone of reader comments following Cole's post, you'd think MySQL and Sun had announced the end of the world -- or at least the end of MySQL. But I don't think so. As ZDNet's Dana Blankenhorn points out, the split between the community and enterprise editions of MySQL happened before Sun was even part of the equation, and the company has been wrestling with the idea for longer than that.

 

And Computerworld reports former MySQL CEO Marten Mickos has indicated features that start out only in MySQL Enterprise may end up in the community edition. It's not that MySQL and Sun have abandoned the community. But they are a business. They have employees to pay and money to make and shareholders to keep happy.

 

In Blankenhorn's words, "users who don't like the choice are free to leave."



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Apr 18, 2008 9:33 AM anjan anjan  says:
users who dont like the choice are free to leave. This Statement is rude . This is the approach of monopoly ,autocracy . There should be better ways to communicate , Mr/Ms Blankenhorn . Reply
Apr 22, 2008 11:18 AM Edwin Quijada Edwin Quijada  says:
Well, this is is worry announcement. Sun is showing their trusted intentions. I think the only way for whose That use Mysql is thinking moving to another platform like PostgreSQL The licence for Mysql always have been so confuse and Sun will use this to take advantage. users who dont like the choice are free to leave. This is so rude but I think this is the true Reply
Apr 23, 2008 5:48 AM Richard Richard  says:
Quote 1:> users who dont like the choice are free to leave.> > This Statement is rude . This is the approach of> monopoly ,autocracy . There should be better ways to> communicate , Mr/Ms Blankenhorn . Quote 2:> This is so rude but I think this is the true____________As always it pays to read the original document. Dana (a man as you would have known if you'd followed the link) was using irony. A common use of irony is to say the opposite of what you feel/believe but which appears to express the view of those to whom it is being applied. Reply

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