"Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS), a leading
supplier of application development, deployment and management
products and services, today announced an agreement with the
principal MySQL developers to release MySQL under the General
Public License (GPL) and insure MySQL expands its strong leadership
position beyond the open source community. To create an open
source business, Progress Software has formed NuSphere, a Progress
Software Company, to distribute and support the NuSphere MySQL(TM)
open source database. By creating NuSphere, Progress Software is
the first major global software vendor to offer commercial support
and services for an open source database..."
"Open source has proven its value through the Linux operating
system and the Apache Web server. We believe the path is clear: an
open source database will be next," said D. Britton Johnston, vice
president of Development and Marketing for NuSphere. "Progress
Software, through NuSphere and the MySQL development community will
bring to the database market the resources needed to allow
widespread deployment of MySQL-based solutions in organizations of
"Through NuSphere, Progress Software will be providing up to
$2.5 million (US) to help further the development of MySQL.
NuSphere will extend the core development team's efforts by
creating NuSphere MySQL(TM); a multi-platform integrated
distribution of MySQL and related open source products. NuSphere
will provide commercial support, consulting, and training for
customers deploying MySQL as part of their Web infrastructure. As a
single, global source of integrated services for MySQL, NuSphere
will provide support from three main centers in the U.S., the
Netherlands and Australia."
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