MySQL, Postgres and copyright assignment
Posted May 18, 2011 15:02 UTC (Wed) by dkg
In reply to: Mark Shuttleworth on companies and free software
Parent article: Mark Shuttleworth on companies and free software
Yep. MySQL used copyright assignment to build a company and employ people. Other people used different employment strategies and no copyright assignment to build a community around Postgres. Because of the centralized control of the copyright for MySQL, the project was bought outright by a proprietary competitor. The MySQL community now seems to be in disarray. The Postgres community seems to be moving happily forward together.
At this point, i'd rather rely on the Postgres community (though i confess i like the Postgres RDBMS itself better than i like the MySQL RDBMS, so my technical inclinations may also be coloring my perceptions).
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