MariaDB Corp. Slaps Open Source Community in the Face

Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 11.39.14 AMA few years ago, Oracle acquired MySQL, the open source community supporting MySQL proverbially self-evacuated, forked MySQL and start MariaDB. The heroes saved MySQL from the death of then-CEO Larry Ellison. Now MariaDB has gone commercial.

On Auguest 15, Michael Widenius announced the next version of the MaxScale would not be open source. Widenius, creator of MySQL, came up with the Business Software License a couple of years ago and this his is first attempt at implementing it.

Under the BS License, the MaxScale source code will be made open source once it’s obsolete, after a period of time. Before that, if you want to use it, you’ll be paying for it.

So thanks for all of the hard work open source community, we’ll take it from here. Cha-ching? Or ka-boom?

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