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Re: MySQL vs SVN licensing

From: Paul Smith <pausmith_at_nortelnetworks.com>
Date: 2002-07-07 21:51:03 CEST

%% "Bryan O'Sullivan" <bos@serpentine.com> writes:

  bo> On Sun, 2002-07-07 at 11:39, Paul Smith wrote:
>> Well, I double-checked right before I posted to make absolutely sure:
>> http://www.mysql.com/support/arrangements.html
>> Looks like we have a discrepancy here... :-/.

  bo> Ah, this is the version of the text that includes the obnoxious old
  bo> chestnut: "This is because we view this as linking even if it is done
  bo> over the network."

  bo> This gave our lawyers fits.

Maybe so, but it's irrelevant for Subversion, as it only applies if (a)
you cannot work with any other SQL database except MySQL, _and_ (b) you
ship your product with the server included. Neither of which are true
for Subversion. And anyway, this is not relevant to the issue of how
the client library is licensed: it only discusses how the server is

However, if they have changed the license of the client library to GPL,
that's a big problem. There are plenty of open source licenses which
are not compatible with the GPL, which means that none of those projects
would be able to use MySQL even as a client. Bummer.

 Paul D. Smith <pausmith@nortelnetworks.com> HASMAT--HA Software Mthds & Tools
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