Following the example of BitTorrent a few days ago, MySQL is now also taking its first baby steps towards becoming a proper commercial product. MySQL from now on only releases binary versions (executable versions that is) of its enterprise edition to paying customers.
MySQL AB has made it harder for developers to use the enterprise edition of its database software for free, sparking a debate about whether the company has strayed from its obligation to its open-source community.
Kaj Arno, MySQL vice president for community, announced in his blog this week that the company will no longer host the code for MySQL Enterprise Server in binary form on its public FTP servers, and will offer that version only to paying customers.
Great news. Can't wait to see who's next to take such a step.