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 email@example.com.
“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.”
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
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.
For more information, visit http://www.nusphere.com
NuSphere is a trademark of NuSphere Corporation in the U.S. and other countries; and NuSphere is a registered
trademark in Australia and Norway. MySQL AB has applied for trademark registration of MySQL.
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