Farewell, MySQL

There was all kinds of speculation about whether or not Oracle’s purchase of Sun – and thus MySQL – would mark the end of the era of free MySQL…

Well, in just the last week or two it seems that MySQL Community Edition has dropped off MySQL’s site. It had done soonce, briefly,  in an earlier reshuffle a couple of years ago but came back, so I’ve spent the last 40 minutes searching around their site trying to find it.

It’s gone.

It’s not on the front page…

It’s not under “Products”

It certainly isn’t under “Enterprise” anywhere

And it’s not under “Why MySQL”

Could this be why?

If you want MySQL Community edition, you’re going to have to head to their “developer” site, http://dev.mysql.com/. So it’s not quite dead yet.

Wonder if it’ll come back when they stop getting 65,000 downloads a day because people can’t find the link, and go to Postgres/SQLite instead?


this is very disconcerting.

I wonder why 65,000 people were downloading MySQL per day anyway. Lots of reinstalls or something?

I mean, 30 days at that rate is over 1 million installations of MySQL. That seems like a lot of databases…

sudo yum install mysql



You know, I can see a possible strategy to what Oracle are doing (in buying MySQL). Having one database platform that targets both ends of the database-needs spectrum makes it hefty and expensive to develop. Having MySQL as the Amazon end and Oracle as the Visa end will allow them to streamline the product and make money from selling transition products and services…

PS: There is now a “Downloads (GA)” link on the front page again :)

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