NUSPHERE? LAUNCHES MYSQL.ORG Thursday 19 July 2001 PDF Print New open source resource ensures non-commercial alternative for MySQL community NuSphere? Corporation has announced the launch of MySQL.org, a web site designed to provide MySQL developers and the open source community with an independent forum for sharing code and ideas surrounding the use of this leading open source database. MySQL.org will serve as an incubator of innovation for open source developers who are not prepared to pay licensing fees or buy commercial products. MySQL is a leading open source database with users such as Yahoo!, Dow Jones and NASA. Anyone visiting MySQL.org will be able to freely re-distribute the source code and binaries offered under the General Public License (GPL). Since there will be no commercial considerations to restrict technical developments, MySQL.org will contain the best and most current ideas and contributions. NuSphere will fulfill its commitment, announced in January 2001 [see release at http://www.nusphere.com/releases/013001.htm], to make Gemini available under GPL at MySQL.org. Gemini is the table type that gives the MySQL database transactional, row-level locking capabilities. Motivating factors behind the decision to launch MySQL.org MySQL AB, a Swedish company, develops and markets the MySQL database server through MySQL.com. Recently, MySQL AB has taken venture funding, hired a new CEO and become more commercially focused. Red Hat’s move into the open source database market, aligned with PostgreSQL, further underscores the need for a unifying forum for the MySQL community. “MySQL.org is designed to more clearly separate church and state for the MySQL community. Developers will not encounter licensing demands or sales calls with MySQL.org, as they may with the MySQL.com Web site,” said Britt Johnston, chief technology officer, NuSphere. “Now that Red Hat is promoting PostgreSQL, NuSphere felt it was even more important that MySQL have a strong and vibrant open source community.” MySQL.org will be a community-driven site with NuSphere’s support, much the same way IBM backs the Apache Software Foundation’s Apache.org site. NuSphere is launching the web site to guarantee that MySQL developers and supporters continue to get the best open source information and code offered under the GPL. The GPL permits users to publish their modified versions as long as source code is made available. A crucial aspect of open source software is that users are free to cooperate and help each other by sharing improvements with other users. The decision to establish MySQL.org was made with the understanding that core changes and contributions will not be owned by a single party for commercial benefit. “MySQL is critical to our clients in transportation and distribution who are required to respond to the information needs of their customers,” said Kevin Krieger, president of Krieger Consulting Group. “MySQL allows them to scale in a competitive market place without prohibitive licensing requirements. To be a successful value-added reseller, I need to show my customers that their business systems are scalable and supported. Directing customers to a web site like MySQL.org provides an unbiased validation that they have made the best purchase. I will be a frequent visitor on the site as its existence is going to create an even better MySQL than available today.” NuSphere market research estimates that there are between one to three million MySQL servers in use. The MySQL database is being downloaded at a rate of more than one million downloads per year. Interest in MySQL.org is strong, as evidenced by the almost 500 users who registered in the first 24 hours. MySQL.org is open to contributions from other organisations. Organisations and individuals interested in linking, or contributing code, to MySQL.org should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. “As the open source software community continues to grow, there will need to be increasing emphasis on creative ways to engender collaboration and facilitate the development of technology partnerships and alliances,” said Vito Mabrucco, director, software partnering & alliances at IDC. “MySQL.org provides a structured approach to help the open source community collaborate to continue the development of MySQL as an open source database.” About MySQL.org MySQL.org is being created as a non-profit organisation dedicated to the development and distribution of the open source database MySQL. The organisation will comprise the open source database community, developers, individuals and institutions who believe in the continued free exchange of ideas and improvement for open source development. About NuSphere Corporation NuSphere delivers the first Internet Application Platform (IAP) based on open source components, providing an integrated foundation that allows companies to deploy reliable, cost-effective, enterprise-class applications across Windows, UNIX and Linux environments. NuSphere? Advantage is an integrated software suite that pairs the reliability and cost-effectiveness of Apache, MySQL, Perl and PHP with new technology for building business-critical Web applications. Based in Bedford, Mass, the company’s commercial software services include technical support, consulting and training. 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