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OpenSolaris 2008.05: Not quite there

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| It seems obvious to me that OpenSolaris was meant as a LiveCD distribution
| first, and a standalone OS second. There are some strange behaviors present
| in the desktop install that need ironing out before I can use it regularly.
| The fact that I can't install it *at all* on my desktop doesn't help.
| That aside, it's always exciting to see a major player make a new offering to
| the open-source world. The much-needed visual refresh has brought Solaris out
| of the CDE stone age and made it look like something new, even if the code
| base traces its lineage back to mainframe UNIX.
| Unfortunately, past the new gloss I can't see any real advantage for me in
| using OpenSolaris over any of the hundreds of Linux distributions already out
| there.
| If Sun wants to make progress with me, they'll need to come up with some sort
| of compelling argument as to the virtues of Solaris over Linux. Without a
| strong differentiator, it will be easy for the Linux world at large to
| dismiss OpenSolaris as just another GNOME-centric distro.


What Can We Learn from the MySQL Saga?

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| It seems appropriate that Sweden, the original home of MySQL, should be part
| of the ancient Norse territories, for the MySQL open/closed code story is
| threatening to turn into a saga as long and as complex as Njal's.
| To recap. First, came the news that MySQL was preparing to release some
| backup code as closed source:
| Officials at Sun Microsystems, which acquired MySQL in February,
| confirmed that new online backup capabilities now under development will
| be offered only to MySQL Enterprise customers -- not to the much larger
| number of users of the free MySQL Community edition.
| Then came the explanation from MySQL's boss, Marten Mickos:
| we are contemplating a number of scenarios. And one is that it would be
| closed source and nobody other than us could see the source code; another
| is that we give the customers the source code if they like to see it,
| which we certainly can do; the third one is that it is GPL, we just don't
| ship it to other than paying customers. So there's a number of
| alternatives.


No wonder Sun could not build a community around 'Open' Solaris. They should
respect MySQL's community.


MySQL Server is Open Source, even Backup extensions

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| As reported yesterday from CommunityOne:
| * * * MySQL Server is and will always remain fully functional and open
| * * * source,
| * * * so will the MySQL Connectors, and
| * * * so will the main storage engines we ship.
| In addition:
| * * * MySQL 6.0’s pending backup functionality will be open source,
| * * * the MyISAM driver for MySQL Backup will be open source, and
| * * * the encryption and compression backup features will be open source,


MySQL to remain as open source

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| Marten Mickos, former CEO at MySQL and now senior vice president of Sun's
| database group, explained that the company has developed high-end add-ons
| such as encryption, native storage engine-specific drivers, that they will
| deliver to Enterprise customers only. Mickos stated, "MySQL isn't going
| closed source."

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