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

From: Branko Čibej <brane_at_xbc.nu>
Date: 2002-07-05 19:43:56 CEST

Bryan O'Sullivan wrote:

>On Fri, 2002-07-05 at 09:42, Glenn A. Thompson wrote:
>>MySQL is GPL.
>>MySQL client libs are LGPL.
>>MyODBC is GPL with a big red caption that reads:
>If you are worried about licensing issues because of commercial
>concerns, you must assume that you cannot freely use MySQL. It is not
>compatible with the Subversion license.
Sigh. This misconception pops up all the time. It's RMS (actually, the
FSF, but in this case I think that's synonimous) who says the Apache
licence is not compatible with (L)GPL, but of course that's his opinion
-- personally, I think it's nonsense. For all practical purposes, you
can use LGPL code with Subversion.

As for the MyODBC licence: My guess is that the intent of the exception
is the same as in the glibc licence (which is also GPL, but also has an
exception); namely, that is protects MyODBC itself from being ripped
off. Why don't you contact the MyODBC authors, and get a statement from

Brane Čibej   <brane_at_xbc.nu>   http://www.xbc.nu/brane/
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