In a blog post today, Stefan of the MySQL documentation team says that the MySQL documents will not be open sourced. Now, I have to go back and review the MySQL CE Keynote that Karen gave, but I'm pretty sure she said to the audience that it was "going to happen". Why would she even bother bringing it up in the keynote if it was never really being considered anyway? There has been little community input on this, and I for one am outraged that a GPL product would not release the documentation as GPL too.
I'm now totally convinced that MySQL does not understand, and will never understand the MySQL community.
Is this an opportunity for Oracle to try to stall community participation in MySQL? I don't want to be paranoid, but this could just be the hints of bold new changes in MySQL strategy, especially considering Karen's keynote mention of GPLing the docs.
I think the Free Software Foundation should protest MySQL's latest move and coordinate a letter-writing campaign in support for open source documentation for open source licensed software. Sun is actively moving to thwart the efforts of the community by not putting the documentation under the GPL license.
Is it time for an open source version of the MySQL documentation to emerge from the community? Keeping manuals in sync between multiple versions of multiple product lines requires a very large team of contributors. An entire team at MySQL is responsible for documentation changes. I'm not sure that the community can sustain useful database innovation while also being burdened under the weight of recreating the omnibus MySQL documentation set.
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- MySQL documentation team announces docs will NOT be GPLed. Boo MySQL. Boooo.