Sun to Begin Closing up MySQL Source Code

Uh-oh, Spaghettio’s! Looks like Sun is going to start closing up some of the open source portions of MySQL, namely the more advanced functionality and the backup solutions that are currently open sourced. Can you blame them? They paid a goddamn billion for MySQL, it’s not too surprising that they want to create some value-add for the enterprise versions of the DBMS instead of just giving it all away.

Here’s an interesting article on the state of Solaris’s “open sourceness” as well for the interested, and I think most folks are familiar with the strategy Sun took with Java and it’s open-sourcing.

The only bee in Sun’s bonnet at this point is what Google might do with the Android platform and the version of Java Google created to run the platform on (officially referred to as the Dalvik VM)

For the open source zealots out there that are pissed off by this… welcome to Corporate Open Source!

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  1. David Herron April 17, 2008 at 9:46 am #

    The replies on a similar slashdot posting contain a lot of very apt and to-the-point rebuttals of the above articles. It’s important to note at least one of the articles you linked is from last June and is rather out of date. http://developers.slashdot.org/developers/08/04/16/2337224.shtml

  2. Riyad Kalla April 17, 2008 at 10:12 am #

    David,
    Do you have links to any replies in particular that you thought represented the facts more clearly?

    I don’t think what Sun is doing is unreasonable at all given that they paid so much for MySQL, they have to turn that into income some how… I just think a lot of folks didn’t see this “corporatization” of Open Source coming and think it’s still all built ontop of unicorn horns and butterfly kisses.

    Hell, Linux didn’t have anywhere the penetration on the desktop until Ubuntu stepped in, and right now the only serious Linux distros that are suitable more mass-deployment on the desktop are all backed by large commercial entities (Novell, RedHat, Canonical)

    Open source seems really good at providing a play ground for developers to go nuts in… a sandbox almost. It’s when the commercial entities step in and give shape, form and longevity to that work that it breaths new life into those items outside of the scope of other developers using your stuff.

  3. manny April 17, 2008 at 10:08 pm #

    >”Open source seems really good at providing a play ground for developers to go nuts in… a sandbox almost. It’s when the commercial entities step in and give shape, form and longevity to that work that it breaths new life into those items outside of the scope of other developers using your stuff.”

    >Hi Riyad,

    very true, but can’t fully agree that corporations have so much to do with it.

    Other than Ubuntu, i also used it’s father Debian and i must say it’s much more tested, faster and stable than Ubuntu has ever been.

    Also many distros like gentoo/sabayon, slackware, puppy linux may not have any corporate support but they’re all very usable as well, for their purpose of course.

    I believe people are the ones that believe that if it’s backed by a BIG corporation it means it’s better…

    The most popular linux pieces of the puzzle: Compiz-fusion, gnome, wine, pidgin, etc. are NOT really corporate backed. But corps do contribute from time to time.

    Nokia bought trolltech, but the KDE guys are keeping up the proyect in their spare time, so Nokia may never really get behind it and get it in their portfolio.

    Even if Microsoft 1 day buys off Novell, openSUSE will not cease to exist, nor will it get underdeveloped

    I believe The “big” distros are not better, but GET more POPULAR and this popularity does help.

    Myspace with 100 million members is not in anyway better than a small social site with 50 thousand people. Quantity =! quality

    The good thing is that all these linux corps make their $$ thanks to open source and help further contribute back.

    I do love Ubuntu, but thanks to open source all other Distros also mature at same time. What ever happens to a single distro will never make linux loose it’s porpuse

    Linux by itself has come such a long way alone, now many goverments, corporation and hardware manufacturers are actually interested in it.

    But corps nor goverments start it, they just came to play along with what is now a huge movement XD

  4. manny April 17, 2008 at 10:09 pm #

    wow that was a bit long lol :o

  5. manny April 17, 2008 at 10:28 pm #

    oh and to comment about the article XD

    i can’t really blame Sun, they can’t really close the source (that’s like taking away a magazine from a kid after he read most of it..), but they’re hiding some of it for a while. Till at least they recover.

    If msft ever contributed at least 30% what Sun and Google contributes, then that day they will become a much better and smarter company in my book.

    Sadly they’re such a greedy company that it may actually get hit harder from their internal decisions and who knows what (errr.. Enron?) rather than by it’s competitors.

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