MySQL GOES GPL
CORRECTION 12 JULY 2001: Progress Software Corporation
and NuSphere Corporation are no longer partners of MySQL AB and lack any
right to use the MySQL trademark.
"We have always considered ourselves committed members of the Open
Source and Free Software communities," said Monty Widenius, project
leader on MySQL. Moving to the GNU General Public License (GPL) is a
way to show this". It is the latest beta (version 3.23.19) and all new
releases that is being GPLed.
MySQL forms strategic alliances with VA Linux and Progress Software
To further establish MySQL as the standard open source database we
have formed strategic alliances with both VA Linux and Progress. We
hope that this will increase MySQL's viability for even the very
demanding commercial customers since it will increase the support
offerings and speed up the further development of MySQL to make it even
VA Linux makes an investment in MySQL AB
VA Linux has made an investment in MySQL and will work with MySQL on
advanced support and service programs. VA Linux will also host MySQL as a
project on SourceForge.net, the world's largest Open Source
development center, growing steadily with over 5,800 software projects
and over 37,000 registered users.
"I've been a big fan of MySQL for years, so it's cool to see them take
this step," said Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda, founder of Slashdot.org, the
largest news/community site for Open Source developers.
"All of the VA Linux and Andover.Net web sites-including Slashdot.org,
Freshmeat.net, SourceForge and Linux.com - have been built on MySQL,"
said Dr. Larry M. Augustin, president and CEO of VA Linux Systems. "We
are honored to host the development of MySQL on SourceForge, and we
look forward to offering in-depth support of MySQL through our
alliance with the project team. By moving to the GPL, MySQL will
increase its distribution base; we look forward to being able to ship
MySQL with our systems."
More information on www.Valinux.com.
Progress Software helps free MySQL with GPL license
To create an open source business, Progress Software has formed NuSphere,
a Progress Software Company, to distribute and support the NuSphere MySQL
open source database.
Progress Software will be providing up to $2.5 million (US) to help
further the development of MySQL. NuSphere will extend the core
development team's efforts by creating NuSphere MySQL; a
multi-platform integrated distribution of MySQL and related open
source products. NuSphere will provide commercial support,
consulting, and training for customers deploying MySQL as part of
their web infrastructure. As a single, global source of integrated
services for MySQL, NuSphere will provide support from three main
support centers in the U.S., the Netherlands and Australia.
NuSphere chose to support MySQL because of its position as the
market-leading open source database for web infrastructure. MySQL is
especially well suited for capturing web site traffic, providing
authentication and authorization services, and content
personalization. The MySQL database is the first widely used database
product released under the Free Software Foundation's General Public
License (GPL). The GPL is also used to license the Linux operating
system, and is widely accepted by the open source community.
"Progress Software's financial and technical support of MySQL will
help this very popular but currently grass-roots open source database
gain greater acceptance by mainstream IT organizations," commented
Mark Driver Research Director for Internet & eBusiness Technologies of
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