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Does MySQL's Proprietary Workbench Signal that the Future of Open Source is... Closed?

Nov 27, 2007, 00:15 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Asay)

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"MySQL, one of the world's most successful open-source companies, has released the Standard Edition of its new MySQL Workbench product under a proprietary license. The company gives several reasons for doing so, but I suspect the core reason is that MySQL is experimenting with ways to ensure more of its production customers pay it for the value they derive from its products.

"Is this the future of open source? To get ubiquity through open source and then cash through proprietary source...?"

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