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To add to that: one of the great consequences of this change is that a large amount of RethinkDB source code that was previously unavailable as open-source code (including some unreleased features for RethinkDB, copious amounts of artwork and content, and build / performance scripts) will now also be steadily open-sourced.

We felt that it was too important to let the work we created have a life of its own and establish its own life in the open-source community. It's wonderful to see this finally happen.

Why that code couldn't be made available under the AGPL, maybe different and incompatible licenses?

Some of the code and content was heavily used internally, but we never invested time to properly package it for public consumption.

We also briefly had a closed-source version of RethinkDB that has a few useful features for larger teams: we're excited to be able to merge these back into the project.

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