MySQL has introduced a support lifecycle policy, setting out how long it will provide support and updates for current and older versions of the open source database.
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The policy was announced on the blog of Kaj Arnö, vice-president of MySQL’s open source community relations group. Arnö notes that MySQL has given “more or less unlimited support to even very old releases”, but had decided to limit support because of increasing costs.
“We are no longer in a position to maintain our older versions without remuneration,” Arnö said.
In February, MySQL announced it had raised a further $18.5m (£11m) in funding, with venture capital injected by Intel, Red Hat, and SAP. But MySQL has earmarked the funds for expansion into the enterprise database market, including new product development activities.
The new policy means users of MySQL 3.23 and MySQL 4.0 will no longer be offered support unless they have a MySQL Network subscription, from August (for 3.23) and October (for 4.0).
The firm would no longer offer publicly available binary updates for 3.23 and 4.0 releases and MySQL was “evaluating whether we will continue hosting archived versions of old binaries”, as well as the timeline for the support of MySQL 4.1, Arnö confirmed.
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