MySQL to Ship With NetWare

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-09-17 Print this article Print

NetWare 6.5 will come with a commercially licensed version of MySQL 4.0, sidestepping the legal skirmishes surrounding Linux.

The open-source database MySQL will ship as one of the standard databases that go out with Novell Inc.s NetWare 6.5, MySQL AB officials announced last week. NetWare 6.5 will come with a commercially licensed version of MySQL 4.0. Such a license sidesteps the legal skirmishes now surrounding Linux, wherein The SCO Group Inc. has charged that the Linux 2.4 and 2.5 kernels infringe on the companys intellectual property rights.
Such a license gives NetWare 6.5 users the ability to develop and distribute applications based on MySQL without paying additional licensing costs. MySQL AB, of Uppsala, Sweden, uses a dual-licensing business model under which its database can be used for no cost under the free software/open-source GPL license or under a commercial license. This commercial license allows users to develop applications on MySQL without revealing the source code within the applications. MySQL AB and Novell will jointly provide technical support for the databases that ship with NetWare. NetWare 6.5 evaluation software is now available on Novells site. A GPL version of MySQL for NetWare 6 and higher can be downloaded from MySQLs site.
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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