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MySQL and "Commercial Extensions:" Core, Complements, and Semantics

Apr 17, 2008, 18:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Asay)

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"MySQL has placed itself in the middle of a rising furor over its allegedly diminished commitment to open source. To be fair, it has only itself to blame. It all started with a disgruntled ex-MySQL employee, Jeremy Cole. Cole declared that MySQL's sky was falling because it was to be releasing certain parts of the next version of its database as closed-source software. Marten Mickos responded that he had misunderstood (when, in fact, he had understood very well), it went to Slashdot (where it was of course misconstrued even further), and we're left with a somewhat tepid defense by Marten in the comments section of Slashdot to the self-addressed question, 'Why is MySQL now producing some proprietary software...?'"

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