MySQL

Read this before submitting a conference proposal

The O’Reilly MySQL Conference & Expo 2010 Call for Participation ends in just under 3 weeks. I am on the conference committee, and thus get to see and review all the conference proposals. This blog post will briefly explain the how each part of the proposal is used, then have a list of what not to do in your conference proposal, and end with a checklist of questions to go over your proposal before submitting.

GPL/ASL/BSD License Misconceptions and MySQL

Having been a free software user and supporter for many years, I am disheartened by some of the comments made in the MySQL/Oracle debate regarding the GNU Public License (GPL) and other licenses. There is much throwing around of misconceptions and untruths about licenses and their differences. In this blog, I shall take on some of the bigger misconceptions.

Save MySQL by letting Oracle keep it GPL

In this article I am responding to many parts of Monty’s post (linked here) which are just plain not true, or are exaggerations. I will give my own answers to the self-interview questions Monty provides, as I feel he is using his name and popularity to spreading fear that is not warranted.

A MySQL Community Member Opinion of Oracle Buying Sun

The bottom line: As both a community member of MySQL, and a service provider, I am not worried about Oracle buying Sun and acquiring MySQL in the process. While it is theoretically possible that Oracle could decide to slow the growth of MySQL, it is not probable — if Oracle wanted to damage MySQL, Oracle would have caused a lot more damage a long time ago.

Active support for MySQL 5.0 ends soon

According to the official lifecycle calendar, active support for MySQL 5.0 (including regular binary updates) will end on December 31st, 2009. Upgrading to MySQL 5.1 is not difficult, though it requires more steps than just upgrading the packages. There is a link to a post which walks you through the upgrade.I hope this helps folks out, and please feel free to ask any questions. Pythian is available to assist you in the upgrade process, just contact us if you want to engage our help.

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