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The MySQL Architecture of Participation

Kaj Arnö, VP Community, MySQL AB

Track: People
Date: Thursday, July 26
Time: 5:20pm - 6:05pm
Location: F150

While MySQL has been FOSS from the start and GPL since 2000, the development process at MySQL has been fairly concentrated around the company itself. One of the corporate goals for 2007 is to open up our entire development model:

  • ensuring that our already-opened tools are open enough (our bugs system at, and our source control system with BitKeeper)
  • opening Worklog, our detailed roadmap and specifications, for commenting on MySQL Forge
  • opening internal documentation from our closed Wiki onto MySQL Forge Wiki
  • opening our internal chat sessions, moving them from our closed IRC server to Freenode

which all share the commonality of lowering the threshold for external developers to contribute to MySQL.

In this session, Arnö shares the experiences so far, concentrating on building up the network of connections between internal and external developers.