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Reasons I Believe the Community Should Support the Oracle-Sun Deal - Updated 3Xs

Oct 22, 2009, 21:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pamela Jones)

"From the last page:

"The "copyleft/infection" principle of the GPL license represents a particular obstacle not only to revenue generation by the fork vendor but also to the overall adoption and market penetration of MySQL, MySQL forks and MySQL storage engines.

"Now, that's from the version 1.1, dated October 11, that they posted today. But that isn't the only submission they have made. They suggested to the EU Commission in a questionnaire submitted by an August 13th deadline that the license on MySQL be changed to the Apache License. It was sent to me, along with others in the press, to educate us on the issues. Indeed, I found it very educational. Even in the submission made public today, you'll notice on page 21 they mention the BSD and the Apache licenses, after trashing the GPL:

"Under such open source licenses as the Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) license and the Apache license, proprietary derivatives are legal. The only obligation might be attribution.

"In contrast, on page 20, they state that the GPL "effectively prevents this from being a commercial opportunity"."

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