On Feb 18, Andrew Rist wrote:
No, it's not crippleware - it's the world's most popular
A world's most popular open source database software can be crippleware
too. Wikipedia defines crippleware as
Deliberately limited programs are usually freeware versions of
computer programs that lack the most advanced (or even crucial)
features of the original program. Limited versions are made available
in order to increase the popularity of the full program without giving
it away free. An example of crippleware is a word processor that
cannot save or print. However, crippleware programs can also
differentiate between tiers of paying software customers.
The term "crippleware" is sometimes used to describe software products
whose functions have been limited (or "crippled") with the sole
purpose of encouraging or requiring the user to pay for those
functions (either by paying a one-time fee or an on-going subscription
You can decide for yourself whether MySQL fits this definition or not.
MySQL Community Edition is available under the GPL license and is
supported by a huge and active community of open source developers
. Among the many recent improvements are some substantial
performance improvements delivered in MySQL 5.6 .
A lot of new features - yes, undoubtely.
Performance improvements - questionable.
This link shows a very different picture:
We're interested in user choice, and we want do what we can to
create the best possible user experience for those users that choose to
use MySQL with Fedora.