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Posted Oct 21, 2002

Novell and MySQL Partner to Ship MySQL Database with NetWare

By DatabaseJournal.com Staff

  • Commercially licensed version of MySQL to ship as standard database with NetWare
  • Novell customers to experience significant savings while developing MySQL applications without open source license requirements
  • MySQL and Novell to provide technical support for MySQL for NetWare
10.21.02.  Novell and MySQL AB today announced that Novell will ship a NetWare-optimized commercial version of the MySQL database with Novell NetWare 6 and subsequent releases of NetWare, providing significant savings to Novell customers and allowing them to develop and distribute MySQL applications without open source license requirements.

The MySQL database is a high-performance relational database management system for Web site and business application development and deployment. MySQL is available under the GPL open source license, but Novell is shipping a commercially licensed version of MySQL with NetWare, meaning there are no user limitations and no open source requirements on developers who wish to write and distribute applications that use MySQL on NetWare. Under the GPL license, the distributor of an application developed with MySQL could have to make the application's source code open and freely available to anyone to read, redistribute and modify. MySQL for NetWare users can avoid any such requirements because of Novell's commercial license agreement with MySQL.

"Novell is giving its customers the gift of freedom to create powerful commercial applications with the MySQL database for no additional license cost," said Marten Mickos, MySQL CEO. "This partnership takes MySQL's dual-licensing business model to a new level and opens up huge opportunities for MySQL, Novell and our joint customers. Moreover, we are pleased to be able to include the highly-acclaimed NetWare operating system as one of the many platforms supported by the MySQL database."

NetWare is Novell's premier platform for delivering business services across all types of networks, storage systems and client desktops. Part of Novell Nterprise -- a set of services that improve communication, simplify and automate network management, and allow workers to be productive regardless of location, device or platform -- NetWare integrates with existing networks as one Net, empowering new services and maximizing current technology investments.

"MySQL for NetWare, along with Apache, PHP and Perl, create a strong set of development tools for NetWare customers, with a huge benefit being they can now run thousands of applications written for other platforms on NetWare 6 servers," said Doug Knight, vice president of networking infrastructure products for Novell. "With more than 4 million users, MySQL is a proven solution that can substantially reduce the expenses associated with a large number of database installations. Novell customers and partners will discover excellent performance, stability and reliability, and the commercial license means they can develop any kind of application they require with it."

Antonio Mastrolorito, Lufthansa Systems Infratec, said, "Deutsche Lufthansa AG approached Novell some time ago suggesting that providing Apache, MySQL and PHP on NetWare would make a lot of sense for Novell customers. There is strong demand from companies wishing to run these industry-leading applications on a platform that can provide strong support while offering time-tested reliability and performance."

Availability and Support

MySQL for NetWare 6 is now available for beta testing and will be generally available in December for no charge. As with other MySQL-supported platforms, a GPL version will also be available for download on the MySQL Web site at http://www.mysql.com. MySQL will also be included in the next release of NetWare, scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2003. To download the public beta of MySQL for NetWare and to learn about technical support options, visit http://developer.novell.com/ndk/leadedge.htm.

The complete press release can be found at:

Novell and NetWare are registered trademarks and Nterprise is a trademark of Novell, Inc. in the United States and other countries. MySQL is a registered trademark of MySQL AB in Sweden and other countries. MySQL is a trademark in the United States and other countries. Other products mentioned are the trademarks of their respective corporations. Press release text courtesy of MySQL.com.

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