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OSNews: Interview with MySQL's Alex Roedling

Jun 21, 2004, 11:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eugenia Loli-Queru)

"1. The new mySQL license is said to not be so compatible with PHP and other software that mysql works together. Is this the case?

"Alex Roedling: MySQL offers licensing that is compatible with the licensing terms of most software. MySQL AB has two licensing options:

  • "For software with proprietary licensing, MySQL offers a proprietary license.
  • "For use with Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) such as Linux and PHP, MySQL is available under the GNU General Public License (GPL).Some FLOSS licenses (e.g. BSD-like licenses used by PHP and Apache) are not compatible with the GPL. To allow for greater compatibility with FLOSS licenses, MySQL provides a special exception to the terms of the GPL. This enables non-GPL software like PHP and Apache to use MySQL..."

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