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Re: MIT, Apache, BSD, GPL, LGPL what the h*ll

From: Glenn A. Thompson <gthompson_at_cdr.net>
Date: 2002-07-05 19:28:05 CEST


Greg Hudson wrote:

> Does this have anything to do with Subversion?

Yes. I'm working on a SQL FS.

> > OK, how is the program using the ODBC manager affected?
> If it links against GPL source (such as MyODBC), then it must be
> distributable under the GPL.

> > Is there a web resource that will help me get unwrapped from the axil?
> You haven't really said what you want information on, other than one
> specific easily-answered question. A google search on "free software
> licenses" turns up:

I don't believe it's an easy answer at all.
MyODBC is GPL except for ODBC Managers can use another license scheme.
What is the intent of the exception. Is it to pass the license burden up
stream to the user? Do they want it to be more like their regular C
interface? Which is LGPL. I assume it is LGPL to allow commercial programs
to use MySQL.

ODBC exists to provide generic dynamic binding to DBs. This would imply, to
me at least, that the end user is the "linker" of the code. A programmer is
merely developing to a standard API. He links to the ODBC Manager. The
dynamic driver libraries are loaded at the users request.

Seems a little gray to me.
When two licenses conflict, who wins?

> http://zooko.com/license_quick_ref.html
> > Why is it that whenever people try to do something nice for the world,
> > lawyers come in and f*** it all up?
> Lawyers have not generally decided what licenses get attached to free
> software; software authors have.

Yes, but developers don't always get what they "thought they asked for" from
their lawyers.
I know I've run into this problem:-)


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