Go 1.11 to be Released

According to the developers, the most significant changes in the release concern the support of WebAssembly and the new concept of modules
27 August 2018   1249

The Go team announced a stable release of the version of the language under the number 1.11. According to the developers, the most significant changes in the release concern the support of WebAssembly and the new concept of modules. Go 1.11 requires versions of the OS no older than OpenBSD 6.2, macOS 10.10 Yosemite or Windows 7.

Go 1.11 New Features

  • Go 1.11 adds preliminary support for a new concept called “modules', an alternative to GOPATH with integrated support for versioning and package distribution. Using modules, developers are no longer confined to working inside GOPATH, version dependency information is explicit yet lightweight, and builds are more reliable and reproducible.
  • Go 1.11 adds an experimental port to WebAssembly (js/wasm).
  • A new package is presented that provides a simple API for searching and downloading packages with the original Go-code.
  • Improved presentation of information during debugging, including information on line numbers and placement of breakpoints.
  • Added support for more functions for embedding by default, including those that cause panic.
  • A new format for exporting these packages is presented. It is assumed that for end users it will be more transparent and understandable, besides, it speeds up the assembly of large projects. In case of problems, you can turn it off at compile time.

Learn more at Release Notes. Previous Go version was released in February.

CockroachDB to Change License Type

The only restriction in new bundle of licenses is the ban on selling commercial versions of CockroachDB, made in the form of cloud services
05 June 2019   259

The developers of the distributed DBMS CockroachDB have announced the migration of the project source code into a bundle from the Business Source License (BSL) and Cockroach Community License (CCL), which is not free due to the discrimination of certain categories of users. The BSL license was proposed by MySQL co-founders three years ago as an alternative to the Open Core model. The essence of BSL is that the extended functionality code is initially available for making changes, but for a certain period of time it can be used for free only if the additional conditions are met that require a commercial license to be circumvented.

The new license allows the use of CockroachDB on any number of nodes in the cluster and embedding in applications, including those that are sold to customers or run as services. The only restriction that prevents the license from being considered free and open is the ban on selling commercial versions of CockroachDB, made in the form of cloud services. To issue a CockroachDB in the form of paid cloud services now requires the purchase of a commercial license.

As in the case of the re-licensing of MongoDB, Redis and TimescaleDB modules, the reason for the transition to a non-free license is the fight against the parasitization of cloud service providers who create derivative commercial products and resell open DBMS as cloud services but do not participate in the community and do not help in developing. It happens when the cloud providers, who are not related to the project, resell ready-made open solutions and benefit, but the developers are left with nothing.