[nycbug-talk] Sun Acquires MySQL
george at ceetonetechnology.com
Thu Jan 17 11:23:04 EST 2008
Marc Spitzer wrote:
> On Jan 17, 2008 9:31 AM, George Rosamond <george at ceetonetechnology.com> wrote:
>> Does Sun see this as a way of getting consulting work based on open
>> source software? So why didn't they just start hacking away at MySQL
>> more to do that . . . it's not like the GPL'd license is going to change
>> when they purchase it.
> MySQL is *dual* licensed, if I *buy* the commercial license version I
> am not subject to any of the gpl conditions. If I am a mysql
> commercial user this is *very* important due to MySQL's history of
> using licensing to drive users into commercial license purchase. The
> one I remember off the top of my head was MySQL promising that the
> client libs would remain lgpled for ever then changing the license to
> gpl. And gpl land is getting even weirder where licensing is
> The thing is now sun *owns* it.
I started to reply to this, beginning with I'm aware that there's two
licenses, and that patches for the commercial version are better and
more current. . . and then wondering how this interplays with the GPL. . .
Then I remembered, this is why I like the BSD license. . . because it's
three sentences and I know what it means.
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