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 mysql4win.com – if nothing else, just to see if anyone really wants it. :P
found via homo-adminus blog
[tags]mysq, binaries, windows, linux, databases[/tags]