> I've been away from MySQL for a few years and have not really been
> keeping close tabs on things, although I have kept my mysql mailing list
> subscription and am aware of a major player planning to purchase MySQL.
> Did that actually go ahead?
Well... first Sun bought MySQL AB and recently Oracle bought Sun.
> The reason I ask is that I want to download a free copy of MySQL to use
> for development purposes and found that I couldn't simply download it
> any more the way I did several years ago. It gives you a form to
> complete where you have to supply all kinds of contact information and
> then assures you that someone will be in touch within 48 hours. What the
> heck is all that about? Is this some sort of "marketing offensive" where
> some sales guy is going to try to push me into purchasing MySQL and a
> service contract??
Go to www.mysql.com , select the "Downloads (GA)" tab, click on "MySQL
Community Server" and select the operating system.
After you've clicked on the "Download" button you will be presented with
a form to login as a returning user, or register as a new user.
Below that form is a link ">>No thanks, just take me to the downloads!"
Pretty simple to avoid the questions.
Jigal van Hemert.