A bit of history
Posted Dec 15, 2009 15:55 UTC (Tue) by prl
Parent article: Some thoughts on MySQL and Oracle
Those with long memories will remember mSQL. It was started by an Australian guy called (Robert?) Hughes. When he realised that his dbms was becoming popular he decided to remove the GPL from future versions, and make his fortune by commercially licensing it.
Bad move. mSQL was out there and GPL'd and with no more than an extra letter in the name, MySQL simply forked away out of his control. Mr Hughes's company wasn't bought by Sun and I don't think many people remember him. Mr Widenius's company was, of course - and the only reason Mr Widenius made his money is because he was able to take over GPL'd code and had the wit not to repeat Hughes's mistake. He's welcome to dual license anything he produces, but I'm sure he knows the true power of the GPL; that's why he wants the EU commission to give him a get of jail free card.
You'll notice that nothing has happened at Hughes Technologies for 2 years at least.
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