MySQL AB have decided that Windows binaries will no longer be available for free from their web site. The source code will still be available for free download, but will have to be compiled before it is usable. If you take a look at the “community” edition download page you will notice that the latest source version is 5.0.33 and the latest compiled Windows binary is 5.0.27.
I find this very frustrating because, as many Windows developers do, I use MySQL and other open source software but I don't have the needed tools and time to learn how to compile/modify/tune the whole stuff. For me it's not just a "just compile it" situation as it might be for Linux users. And that's because I don't know and I don't want to spend time learning to do that. I don't feel that I need to spend time compiling MySQL. Here's what you need to compile the source:
- Visual Studio .Net 2003 (7.1) compiler system
- Between 3GB and 5GB disk space.
- Windows XP, Windows 2000 or higher.
- Patience (because it will take some time).
And if I have to pay to download Windows binaries then PostgreSql will suddenly start to look better in my eyes. I thing the guys are already throwing a party right now. Stupid move MySQL, stupid!
If you need more information sources (no binary :)):http://www.planetmysql.org/kaj/?p=83