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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 21:19:50 CEST


This licensing thing is a nightmare.

I got involved in Subversion because of a Oracle licensing rats nest. I spent
over a month working with IFS. When I went to check on licensing .... $80,000.
Plus I had development to do. This was for a web service we weren't sure we could
make any money on. We were in it for the goodwill to our customers and to improve
our efficiency.

Anyway, I decided to work on a SQL backend to Subversion. I'm in the process of
abstracting the DB access so that I can use ODBC, OCI or whatever anyone wants to
implement. I'm planning on implementing ODBC and OCI for now. So many people use
Oracle I figured I had to support it. I figure the ODBC will allow me to use
several DBs.

The bigger dilemma is in the feature differences of the various DBs. SO.... I'm
also working on an implementation abstraction. It's no magic bullet, but it
should allow support of some specific DB features through plugable code and/or
configurable SQL syntax.
The details will be released when I feel I can defend my choices. Until then, I'm
not sure how I'm doing it :-)

Time for me to go back to my cave:-)


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Received on Fri Jul 5 21:18:25 2002

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