The Open-Source Community's Double Standard on MySQL
Aug 14, 2007, 12:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Asay)
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"Deja vu. Remember 2002? That's when Red Hat decided to split
its code into Red Hat Advanced Server (now Red Hat Enterprise
Linux) and Fedora. Howls of protest and endless hand-wringing
ensued: How dare Red Hat not give everything away for free?
"Enter 2007. MySQL decides to comply with the GNU General Public
License and only give its tested, certified Enterprise code to
those who pay for the service underlying that code (gasp!).
Immediately cries of protest are raised, How dare MySQL not give
everything away for free...?"