It’s a funny thing about mainstream media, they rant on about how they add value by fact checking, and then don’t actually do it; this leads to people like Alan Patrick being handed the wrong end of the stick:
Officials at Sun Microsystems Inc., which acquired MySQL in February, confirmed that new online backup capabilities now under development will be offered only to MySQL Enterprise customers â€” not to the much larger number of users of the free MySQL Community edition. […deletia…]
In other words, so long and thanks for all the long free hours, guys, but its our toy now………. I bet that makes all those contrbutors over the years want to really get up and help tomorrow morning.
…and because he gets his news via Computerworld’s filtering of the cesspit that is Slashdot, of course you’re gonna get given shit.
You could, also, go back to Slashdot and read what Marten Mickos, former CEO of MySQL and now SVP at Sun, has to say about the matter:
Thanks for all the comments on this. We are listening attentively. Let me clarify some facts:
* The business decision on this was made by MySQL AB (by me as the then CEO) prior to the acquisition by Sun, so this has nothing to do with Sun. On the contrary, Sun is more likely to influence this decision the other way.
* It is not a quesiton of close sourcing any existing code, nor anything in the core server. Everything we have released under GPL continues to be under GPL, and the core server will always be under GPL (or some other FOSS licence).
* We will introduce backup functionality for all users (Community and Enterprise) under GPL in version 6.0.
* Additionally we will develop high-end add-ons (such as encryption, native storage engine-specific drivers) that we will deliver to customers in the MySQL Enterprise product only. We have not yet decided under what licence we will release those add-ons (GPL, some other FOSS licence, and/or commercial).
* At all times, because the main backup functionality goes into the core server under GPL, anyone can of course use the api and build their own add-ons or other modifications.
Those are the facts on this. The interesting topic is of course the one of the business model and what the best business model for FOSS software is. I hope to cover that in a separate posting.
In all of this, you have our undivided continued commitment to providing a fantastic and complete MySQL server under GPL for anyone to download and use. If we for whatever reason would not do that, we would risk losing users to other open source databases or risk seeing a fork of our own product. This is the power of open source.
previously CEO of MySQL, now SVP at Sun
As one of the commenters to that puts it, “When was last time Bill Gates [Ed: Or Ballmer?] posted a reply on slashdot?”