In a not-so surprise move, Oracle is holding back test cases in the latest release of MYSQL and appears also to have pulled the revision history. This move has angered a growing number in the MySQL developer community due to Oracle’s clear continued efforts to further close up the open source software and alienate the community.
MySQL is the popular database used by developers throughout the world. Oracle gained control of the software distribution when it acquired Sun Microsystems in 2010.
According to a post on MariaDB, MySQL has used a testing framework called mysql-test since 1999. Over the years tests have been built for new features and regression tests that guarantee that a bug fix is permanent. Developers such as those from Facebook and Twitter rely on the testing framework. At Twitter, MySQL serves as the “persistent storage technology behind most Twitter data: the interest graph, timelines, user data and the Tweets themselves.”
For observers, these moves do not look like simple oversights. More so, it appears that Oracle is making its revision tests and histories closed source. It’s not so surprising knowing Oracle and its history.
But it does raise questions for the open source community about what to do as seen in the comments on Hacker News.
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