MySQL Quietly Drops Support For Debian Linux

I'm seeing quite a bit of rumbling that “MySQL Quietly Drops Support For Debian Linux”. Indeed they have, but not in the way people seem to be interpreting it. It is true that you can no longer purchase a support contract for MySQL Enterprise for Debian-based systems. It is not true that they have dropped all support in the product for Debian or are in some ways preventing it from running on Debian. The calls I've seen to fork the product don't seem to make much sense, unless the people forking plan on offering enterprise grade MySQL support on Debian…but that's not a fork – it's offering support. As you can see here, MySQL still offers an “Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Dapper Drake)” deb for the community version of the product. It was likely a business decision made where the costs of training their engineers and supporting Debian outweighed how much revenue it generated. The spin that decision ended up taking on seems odd to me. Someone in the MySQL community should probably address the issue soon, and I'd guess they will.
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One Response to MySQL Quietly Drops Support For Debian Linux

  1. Anonymous says:

    Just goes to show that FUD can happen in the open-source world, just as it does elsewhere.

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