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From "Ralph Goers (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-462) How to use MariaDB (MySQL) in Apache.org (Java) projects, given that the only currently maintained JDBC driver is LGPL?
Date Tue, 11 Jun 2019 14:58:01 GMT

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Ralph Goers commented on LEGAL-462:
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The way this is handled in most Java applications is by coding to JPA or a vendor-neutral
JDBC API. Then provide wirings for the various database integrations you are willing to support
making the default one with an ASF compatible license. For example, with Spring boot you can
provide multiple profiles and let the user specify which one they want.

> How to use MariaDB (MySQL) in Apache.org (Java) projects, given that the only currently
maintained JDBC driver is LGPL?
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LEGAL-462
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-462
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: Michael Vorburger.ch
>            Priority: Major
>
> Dear Apache Legal Affairs Committee,
> I am aware that use of LGPL libraries are "frowned upon" for Apache.org hosted ASL projects.
> The Fineract Community is running into the specific issue FINERACT-761 we'd welcome your
view on:
> We need to use a JDBC driver to connect to the MariaDB (or MySQL) database. The BSD 3-Clause
licensed https://github.com/krummas/DrizzleJDBC appears to be dead and unmaintained for over
3 years. Its current use in Fineract is causing us pain, see FINERACT-761 req. for FINERACT-700
(also note e.g. https://github.com/flyway/flyway/issues/2332).
> The altnerative is the MariaDB.org Connector/J JDBC driver from https://downloads.mariadb.org/connector-java,
which is LGPL.
> What is a project supposed to do in a case like this? Or are we seriously saying that
Apache.org (Java) projects basically can't really use MariaDB (or MySQL) in practice?
> How do other Java based projects at Apache.org which use MariaDB (or MySQL) deal with
this conundrum??
> Would it be legally OK to use the MariaDB.org Connector/J JDBC driver at least during
build time in Gradle for Flyway, if it is not shipped in the final Fineract end-user distribution?
> Thank you very much for your help in somehow unblocking this,
> M.
> PS: Many ASL Java projects not hosted on Apache.org seem to depend on the LGPL MariaDB.org
Connector/J, but that's (probably) not relevant to Apache.org and this issue.



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