Subject: Re: Effect of the MySQL FLOSS License Exception?
From: Martin Konold <>
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2004 10:19:27 +0200

Am Donnerstag, 17. Juni 2004 06:43 schrieben Sie:


> IIRC it's only the client-side code which has the FLOSS exception.
> The actual database engine is purely GPL.

The position of MySQL AB is different. They say to their customers that 
creating an application which uses MySQL via their API e.g. linking or using 
the command line interface from a script is limited to GPLd application.

Developers of proprietary applications using MySQL must buy a commercial 
license at least when the owner of the proprietary code either directly ships 
with a copy of MySQL or provides its customer with instructions how to obtain 
MySQL in order to run the proprietary code.

-- martin

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