Reading evening news and rss feeds I found interesting next sequence:
Jeremy’s post “MySQL to launch new features only in MySQL Enterprise”
basically about some new features of MySQL will be available only for paid customers
Then Kaj’s post Anthropology: Sun studies MySQL with tagline “Sun didnâ€™t acquire MySQL to change it, but to learn from it”
And finally news Sun Tackles Video Codec with info “Sun is working on a royalty-free and open video codec and media system”
What is interesting for me – while Sun moves to make most products OpenSourced – to name OpenSolaris, OpenJava, OpenOffice, and develops new open sourced software (see above about videocodec), MySQL tries to hide something.
Year ago I remember MySQL Proxy was not available for wide usage, only for Enterprise customers. Fortunately it was changed during last year. Now we see that new features will be available only for Enterprise customers. What is that ? Does not MySQL believe in open source? Or just partially believe ?
Why does Sun decide to develop new software under OpenSource license, but MySQL decides to take away features developed for next version.
Well I understand this all is about money, and anyone is free to do with his product anything, but MySQL does not seem playing open game here.