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IT-Director: MYSQL, Another Phenomenon Follows In The Path of Linux

Feb 27, 2000, 18:15 (2 Talkback[s])
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"The news that PSINet was making MYSQL available free to its users in the UK indicates another step in the trend towards less expensive software. MYSQL is a free database, which is now sweeping through the ISP market in the same way that Linux and Apache swept through that market. PSINet is by no means a 'mom-and-pop' ISP and its usage of the product counts as a genuine endorsement."

"MYSQL is a product that comes from T.c.X DataKonsult AB of Stockholm, Sweden. It is not quite an open source product, but it almost is. The software license is fairly complicated as parts of the product are covered by the GNU Public License and hence are true open source, while parts of it are not. Additionally, for reasons best known to TcX, there is a charge for usage of the product on Windows NT..."

"So the question is 'Are we looking at another Linux, here?'. I believe that the short answer is 'yes'."

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