MariaDB and Fedora

Sir Gallantmon ngompa13 at
Mon Dec 14 02:52:33 UTC 2009

On Sun, Dec 13, 2009 at 8:48 PM, Bruno Wolff III <bruno at> wrote:

> On Sun, Dec 13, 2009 at 19:27:42 -0500,
>  Tom Lane <tgl at> wrote:
> >
> > Monty thinks it's impossible to make money off open source unless he
> > can dual-license it.  Setting aside various existence proofs to the
> > contrary, the fact remains that he already SOLD the rights to
> > dual-license MySQL, when he sold MySQL AB to Sun; and he made a pretty
> > hefty amount of money doing so.  Now he'd like the EU to force Oracle to
> > give him back that right for free.  This isn't so much about "let's help
> > save MySQL" as it is about "let's help Monty get a second bite of the
> > apple".
> >
> > (FWIW, I completely agree with Monty that Oracle is likely to do their
> > best to kill MySQL once they have it.  But they can't kill the GPL'd
> > version as long as people are willing to work on that.  Evidently
> > Monty isn't.)
> I pretty much agree with all of the above. I don't feel sorry for Monty.
> With all of the money he got I wouldn't have expected money to be an issue.
> If he wants to work on a fork he can afford to, and if he doesn't want to
> work on one, money is unlikely to provide enough incentive to make him
> want to either.
> I don't really see a downside if Oracle does kill off new MySQL
> development,
> as Postgres has been better for a very long while and Postgres might get
> more / better out of the box support (and proper use) from open source
> applications.
I dunno. While I did push for the CMS project I work on to support
PostgreSQL, I personally think that Postgres is huge overkill for most
things. It can also be a huge PITA to set up. Whenever I have to test
Postgres stuff, I usually grab EnterpriseDB's distribution because I don't
want to suffer hell setting it up on the various platforms I have to test
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