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From Brian Aker <br...@tangent.org>
Subject Re: Licensing for apr_dbd and MySQL
Date Mon, 07 Feb 2005 19:46:32 GMT

Ryan alerted me to this thread. I run engineering at MySQL and spend 
some of my time working on community issues.

So I  have read the thread so far concerning MySQL and the apr and have 
a few questions, so please bare with me while I try to understand the 

So, you have a --with-mysql flag correct? Is  it enabled by default? Or 
is it up to end user if they compile with MySQL support correct?

 From your download page everything is available via source, not 
binaries correct? So the end user will have to decide if they want 
MySQL and if they are comfortable with the GPL correct?

The GPL boils down for us to a simple "Quid Pro Quo". If you are open 
source, we are open source. This means that if you write an open source 
application then you should have zero to worry about, if you are 
writing a closed source application and need to link to our client 
libraries then you need to pay a license fee. I am aware that this is 
not the ASF model of open source, but it is ours.

Keep in mind that I have released personally well over a dozen Apache 
modules, and all of them use one version or the other of the ASF 
license.  So I do understand the issues surrounding the ASF licenses.

Oh, and I am not a lawyer :)


Brian "Krow" Aker, brian@tangent.org
Seattle, Washington
You can't grep a dead tree.

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