Early last week, Sun Microsystems announced that it would be making some of the online backup features in the 6.0 version of MySQL available only to MySQL Enterprise subscribers, setting off a maelstrom in the blogosphere. MySQL community members were concerned the decision marked the beginning of the end of open source MySQL.
As of Thursday, however, it appears that Sun is listening to the community and may be moving toward releasing some of those features under an open source license. Computerworld reports:
In multiple posts... on the Slashdot Web site, Marten Mickos, former CEO at MySQL AB and now senior vice president of Sun's database group, defended the plan to offer what he described as "high-end add-ons" to MySQL Enterprise customers only -- not to users of the free MySQL Community version. But Mickos added that Sun officials "have not yet decided under what license we will release those add-ons (GPL, some other FOSS license, and/or commercial)."
What's more, the story says Zack Urlocker, another Sun VP in the database group, explained that the core backup features for MySQL will be released under the GNU GPL, no matter how Sun decides to distribute the "high end add-ons."
At the same time, in one of several postings Mickos made at Slashdot.com on the matter, he stressed that the company would not bend to "the tyranny of a vocal minority."