It has recently been brought to our attention that the MySQL man pages have been relicensed. The change was made rather silently going from MySQL 5.5.30 to MySQL 5.5.31. This affects all pages in the man/ directory of the source code.

You can tell the changes have come during this short timeframe (5.5.30->5.5.31). The old manual pages were released under the following license:

This documentation is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it only under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; version 2 of the License.

The new man pages (following 5.5.31 and greater – still valid for 5.5.32) are released under the following license:

This software and related documentation are provided under a license agreement containing restrictions on use and disclosure and are protected by intellectual property laws. Except as expressly permitted in your license agreement or allowed by law, you may not use, copy, reproduce, translate, broadcast, modify, license, transmit, distribute, exhibit, perform, publish, or display any part, in any form, or by any means. Reverse engineering, disassembly, or decompilation of this software, unless required by law for interoperability, is prohibited.

This is clearly not very friendly of MySQL at Oracle. The new license has become a lot longer as well (to make it clear it is not released under the GPL). While the following was taken from the resolveip tool, the copyright notice is the same for all the man pages. You can compare the man page in 5.5.30 vs the man page in 5.5.31.comparison

Update: Oracle is saying that this is a bug and will be fixed: http://bugs.mysql.com/bug.php?id=69512

The MariaDB project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of MariaDB 10.0.3. This is an alpha release. See the release notes and changelog for details.

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About this Release

MariaDB 10.0 is the development version of MariaDB. It is built on the MariaDB 5.5 series with backported and reimplemented features from MySQL 5.6 and entirely new features not found anywhere else.

This is the fourth release in the MariaDB 10.0 series. We are releasing it now to get it into the hands of any who might want to test it. Not all features planned for this series are included in this release. Additional features will be pushed in future releases. See the release notes and changelog for details on what is new in this release.

Do not use alpha releases on production systems.

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If you would like to help make MariaDB better, please add “feedback=ON” to your my.cnf (my.ini on Windows) file!

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The project always strives for quality, but in reality, nothing is
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The MariaDB project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the MariaDB 5.5.31. This is a Stable (GA) release. See the Release Notes and Changelog for detailed information on this release and the What is MariaDB 5.5? page in the AskMonty Knowledgebase for general information about the MariaDB 5.5 series.

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This release is primarily a bug-fix release.

Includes MariaDB 5.3.12 and MySQL 5.5.31

This release includes MariaDB 5.3.12 and MySQL 5.5.31.

Other Notable Updates

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS “Hardy” and 11.10 “Oneiric” Deprecated

In accordance with the MariaDB Deprecation Policy the following distributions have reached the end of their support periods (EOL):

  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS “Hardy”
  • Ubuntu 11.10 “Oneiric”
  • Mint 9 LTS “Isadora”
  • Mint 12 “Lisa”

MariaDB 5.5.31) is therefore the last MariaDB release to feature packages for these distros. The repositories for them will remain online until the 5.5.32 release. At that time they will go away.

Thanks, and enjoy MariaDB!