[Cc-bizcom] comments from Zack
ml at creativecommons.org
Tue Sep 14 13:04:51 EDT 2004
Rob Myers wrote:
> One thing that I haven't seen mentioned is how Open Source made MySQL
> commercially viable. I certainly wouldn't have started selling a new
> database at the moment when Oracle and Microsoft were consolidating
> their stranglehold on the market in the late-1990s. Without Open
> Source, MySQL would not have got the mindshare, exposure and community
> of users required to make it commercially successful.
In this case there's even a counterfactual: in the mid-90's mSQL (free
as in beer for most purposes, source available) was popular for low-end
web apps on unix. Hughes Consulting of Australia (the mSQL vendor,
IIRC, I'm offline at the moment) didn't want to open source mSQL, and
over a very brief time (~1996) saw their share killed by MySQL. Now
MySQL is a thriving business.
I like PostgreSQL better, and it appears to have corporate-financed
development with a non-copyleft (BSD-like) license, but that's another
story that I don't know much about.
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