Oracle MySQL Showcase
I thought MySQL was Open Source and free!

MySQL is an open source database governed by the terms of the General Public License (GPL). This requires that anyone modifying the MySQL code (for anything other than personal / internal use) or building applications based on MySQL code must also make their derived product available under the same open source GPL terms. By licensing MySQL, you are not bound by the GPL and you gain an extended feature set and various levels of support.

Licensing

MySQL is an open source database governed by the terms of the General Public License (GPL).

If you are building commercial applications for resale:

Anyone building applications based on MySQL code, or modifying the MySQL code, must also make their derived product available under the same open source GPL terms. Commercial licenses may be purchased if you do not wish to be bound by the GPL terms. These licenses which are valid for a specified term (1-3 years) provide an extended feature set and Oracle Premier Support for MySQL.

If you are building internal applications:

By licensing MySQL on a commercial basis, you can take advantage of the extended feature set and support.

Pricing is per server for 2 classes: servers with 1-4 sockets and servers with 5+ sockets.

‘Server’ is defined as the computer on which the programs are installed. A server license allows you to use the licensed program on a single specified computer.

’Socket’ is defined as a slot that houses a chip (or a multi-chip module) which contains a collection of one or more cores. Regardless of the number of cores, each chip (or multi-chip module) counts as a single socket.

Support

Oracle offers 24x7, global support for MySQL. The MySQL Support team is composed of seasoned MySQL developers, who are database experts and understand the issues and challenges you face.

Oracle Support for MySQL includes the following features:

  • 24 x 7 production support
  • Unlimited support incidents
  • Knowledge Base
  • Maintenance releases, bug fixes, patches and updates
  • MySQL consultative support