Subject: Re: Effect of the MySQL FLOSS License Exception?
From: John Cowan <>
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2004 00:43:14 -0400

No Spam scripsit:

> Gill decides to make all of Abcess BSD licensed and incorporates
> MySQL code in it. The Abcess code is reasonably independent from the
> MySQL code but they are definitely intermingled, linked together in
> an executable. He merrily releases Abcess (but keeps the source code
> private which he is allowed to) which squashes every other database
> and he goes on to become a zillionaire, while MySQL goes broke.

IIRC it's only the client-side code which has the FLOSS exception.
The actual database engine is purely GPL.  So at most GWB (hmm,
sounds familiar) can only provide excellent client tools for MySQL,
which redounds to the benefit of MySQL AB.

John Cowan
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