Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 16th Feb 2006 18:42 UTC, submitted by Dubbayoo
Databases Oracle tried to acquire open-source database maker MySQL, an indication of the profound changes the software giant is willing to make as it adapts to the increasingly significant collaborative programming philosophy. MySQL Chief Executive Marten Mickos confirmed the acquisition attempt in an interview at the Open Source Business Conference here but wouldn't provide details such as when the approach was made or how much money Oracle offered.
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MySQL and InnoDB are Free
by JohnMG on Fri 17th Feb 2006 02:33 UTC
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I'm just glad MySQL and InnoDB are free -- as in GPL. No matter what happens to the respective companies, the code's still free. So, if the worst happens, at least the community can still pick them up and continue development.

The root of the problem MySQL seems to be facing, I think, is related to the dual-licensing. AFAIK, InnoDB is licensed the same as MySQL: GPL, but they'll sell the code to you under a different license if you like. To do this, it seems to me that they (both MySQL and Innobase, respectively) must retain full copyright over the code. This obviously makes both projects less popular as the sort of project a hacker might want to work on -- since they'd probably have to assign copyright to MySQL/Innobase for any code they contribute.

So now, instead of Innobase owning the copyright for InnoDB, it looks like Oracle does. That means Oracle can decide to raise what they charge for the non-GPL-licensed version. Which means the price increase gets passed down to the MySQL customers. I think this might be the risk you take when you do a dual-licensing scheme.

Even if MySQL forked the InnoDB code, they still wouldn't have fully copyright, and thus still couldn't sell an other-licensed version.

I'm very new to MySQL, so take my analysis with a grain of salt, but what are their options now? I think MaxDB may be copyrighted by SAP AG (dunno), so maybe there's an option for MySQL there...

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