MySQL no Longer Provides Free Binaries

This is really sad, but it appears that MySQL will no longer provide free binaries for their Community branch.

From what I understand, the Community version will continue to be released as normal, and distributed under GPL, but MySQL will not provide binaries for download on their own site. Precompiled binaries should still be available in the form of packages from various linux vendors if they choose to include them in their package trees.

In other words nothing really changes for hosts of linux users out there (especially for apt and yum users who can rely on rich repositories to always contain the newest releases). On the other hand Windows users should be relatively upset about this because it means they will need to build from source each time a new version is released.

That is, unless someone takes it upon them to provide windows MySQL binaries to the masses and build some nice installers for them. I imagine that whoever manages to establish themselves as a trustworthy source can probably expect some good traffic and hence add revenue. I’m actually tempted to buy – if nothing else, just to see if anyone really wants it. :P

found via homo-adminus blog

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7 Responses to MySQL no Longer Provides Free Binaries

  1. Fr3d UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    That domain might imply it’s for MySQL4, so perhaps getting too would be a good idea :D

    Bad news for Windows users… but who (in their right mind) uses Windows for a server anyway? :P

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  2. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Or perhaps just :mrgreen:

    Granted, most people with Windows servers usually run some combination of IIS, SQLServer and ASP. My company runs Win 2k3, IIS, MySQL + PHP mostly because we were essentially told: here are the servers, now put a webb application on them. If installing linux would be a choice we would go with a complete LAMP installation, but since the machines were already running IIS we just decided to make it into a WIMP.

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  3. Wikke BELGIUM Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    My company also uses windows servers
    running IIS, SQL Server and ColdFusion
    It also runs sotware for VoIP telephones, and i don’t know if that program is available under linux

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  4. Craig Betts UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Solaris Terminalist says:

    For the Solaris users . . . take a look at BlastWave. I have been using their MySQL for a few years with no issues. The maintainer is ussually right on top of releases.

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  5. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Craig, thanks for the tip. I currently don’t maintain any Solaris machines (I work with one Sun machine but it’s JDS not Solaris), but that site is awesome. I’m bookmarking it for future use.

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  6. Sheeri UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Scott of has Community binaries for Windows —

    (you just drag and drop the Windows stuff, no installer or anything)

    Webyog, creators of SQLyog, has compiled and made available the 5.0.33 Enterprise MySQL server for Windows (a .exe installer packaged in a zip file)


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  7. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux says:

    Thanks Sheeri! Good to know!

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