Moreover, Oracle is on record saying that it will not stand in the way of MySQL users seeking alternative support options. "Customers will not be required to purchase support services from Oracle as a condition to obtaining a commercial license to MySQL," reads one entry in a list of "public commitments" Oracle made last year in response to concerns about MySQL's future under its ownership.
In any event, the pricing changes should come as no surprise, according to analyst Curt Monash of Monash Research.
"Oracle has obviously been committed from the get-go to achieving MySQL product quality. Given that attitude, it's no surprise if they milk the MySQL market for all the revenue it can be made to produce," Monash said via email.
Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris's email address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com.