Managing Editor, www.smallbusinesscomputing.com
Novell and MySQL announced that Novell will ship a NetWare-optimized commercial version of the MySQL database with Novel NetWare 6 and subsequent releases of NetWare, which may provide savings to Novell customers and allow them to develop and distribute MySQL applications without open source license requirements.
The MySQL database is a relational database management system for Web site and business application development and deployment. MySQL is available under the GPL open source license, but Novell is shipping a commercially licensed version of MySQL with NetWare, meaning that there are no user limitations and no open source requirements on developers who wish to write and distribute applications that use MySQL on NetWare. Under the GPL license, the distributor of an application developed with MySQL could have to make the application's source code open and freely available to anyone to read, redistribute and modify. MySQL for NetWare users can avoid any such requirements because of Novell's commercial license agreement with MySQL.
Antonio Mastrolorito, Lufthansa Systems Infratec, said, "Deutsche Lufthansa AG approached Novell some time ago suggesting that providing Apache, MySQL and PHP on NetWare would make a lot of sense for Novell customers. There is strong demand from companies wishing to run these industry-leading applications on a platform that can provide strong support while offering time-tested reliability and performance."
Availability and Support
MySQL for NetWare 6 is now available for beta testing and will be generally available in December for no charge. As with other MySQL-supported platforms, a GPL version will also be available for download on the MySQL Web site at http://www.mysql.com. MySQL will also be included in the next release of NetWare, scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2003. To download the public beta of MySQL for NetWare and to learn about technical support options, visit http://developer.novell.com/ndk/leadedge.htm.