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NewsForge: MySQL and NetWare: An Interview with MySQL's David Axmark and Larry Stefonic

May 06, 2003, 11:30 (1 Talkback[s])
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"'We're the Access for Linux,' says David Axmark, co-founder and OpenSorcerer (yes, that's the title on his business card) for MySQL AB. Now Axmark wants MySQL to be the database of choice for NetWare customers everywhere. The company announced at Novell's BrainShare conference last month that the full version 4.0 of its flagship database would ship with NetWare 6.5 this summer.

"The two companies signed a long-term agreement last September granting Novell a commercial license arrangement and the rights to distribute MySQL inside the NetWare 6.5 product box. Though all other MySQL distribution arrangements, such as with various Linux vendors, ship with the GPL license, Novell's does not, meaning customers need not reveal code written for MySQL on NetWare. Open source licensing makes enterprises 'uncomfortable,' says Axmark, and he doesn't want licensing confusion to limit installations.

"NetWare has been warming up to open source applications for the past year or so. MySQL for NetWare 6 , the current release, has been available for about six months, Axmark says. MySQL version 4.0 will ship with NetWare 6.5 this summer. Axmark mentioned that MySQL may include a 4.1 beta release in the box, depending on timing..."

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