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November 17, 2004

Another Cool thing about Open Source Projects

I've had my share of arguments regarding open source vs proprietary software. There's the typical argument that with open source you can look under the hood and see what's there and while I think that is good others say that leads to potential exploits because people can see the code blah, blah, blah.

I've been watching the MySQL internals mailing list for awhile and it just ocurred to me that with MySQL, open source is actually better than being able to look under the hood and dig through the code. I can actually watch as changes are made each day and see what's being worked on. While some companies provide me with a list of new features, for MySQL I'm seeing each commit to the repository. Yea, it can be a bit much to watch each commit but I'm finding it interesting to watch the 5.0 commits to see how development on the new features is coming. Just the other day there was a commit with the documentation for triggers, a good read.

Posted by mike at November 17, 2004 10:40 PM