Earlier this year, Sun made many in the world angry and scared when they announced that portions of the MySQL code base would go closed source
. After the inevitably stream of flak they received from the community regarding this, they did a very quick about face and said they'd consider rescinding those plans
Now, just a few weeks later, the MySQL team has made an official announcement that confirms those hopeful rumors. MySQL will not close-source
portions of their codebase, keeping the server completely open, including the encryption and compression mechanisms. They are still allowing for 3rd-party, closed-source commercial add-ons, along with the traditional community-driven add-ons. The change in tone comes as a welcome sign and a sigh of relief from many who feared MySQL would die a slow death, choked by Sun trying to squeeze money out of it.