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Oracle takes aim at CentOS
Posted Jul 21, 2012 21:49 UTC (Sat) by butlerm (subscriber, #13312)
If anyone actually manages to use it without paying Oracle for licensing and support services, that serves no real purpose to them other than as a loss leader for future paying customers. If they allow unpaid customers to get timely updates and report bugs _at all_, those are much better terms than they offer with any of their conventional products.
There is a lesson to be learned here. Commercial vendors are naturally in the business to turn a profit. If the best way they see fit to do that is to make periodic open source code dumps of a internally developed code base, or supervise a community project where they hold all the cards, vendor lock-in is nearly as likely as with any other vendor proprietary product.
Freedom to fork is nice, but forking and maintaining something as complex as a relational database server certainly isn't a proposition to be undertaken lightly, even more so when the trademark of the original is hardcoded into the ABI. If you use MySQL you are married to its future as a commercial product. Divorce is not the most practical option.
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