“MariaDB Corp. has announced that release 2.0 of its MaxScale database proxy software is henceforth no longer open source. The organization has made it source-available under a proprietary license that promises each release will eventually become open source once it’s out of date.
MaxScale is at the pinnacle of MariaDB Corp.’s monetization strategy — it’s the key to deploying MariaDB databases at scale. The thinking seems to be that making it mandatory to pay for a license will extract top dollar from deep-pocketed corporations that might otherwise try to use it free of charge. This seems odd for a company built on MariaDB, which was originally created to liberate MySQL from the clutches of Oracle.”
See Uproar: MariaDB Corp. veers away from open sourceSigh… I understand that businesses need to make money but proper businesses don’t jerk their customers around in the process. That drives them away.
Large businesses that use MySQL/MariaDB depend on the MaxScale component and changing the licence for that jerks them around. In the process, MariaDB is preventing a larger community from sharing in the development, a major plus of FLOSS. So, this is essentially kicking a large segment of the market for SQL databases to a non-Free solution. It really is time to go to PostgreSQL, a truly Free/Libre Open Source database from top to bottom.
I’m a small user and don’t need MaxScale but I don’t want to wait for the next shoe to drop. Oracle and MariaDB both seem reluctant FLOSSies. I will move everything I can to PostgreSQL as rapidly as I can. Certainly all my new projects will skip MariaDB.