[kwlug-disc] MySQL vs. PostGres license differences?

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Fri Mar 5 22:09:45 EST 2010


Thank Fernando,

This is exactly what MySQL did with dual licensing: in order to avoid having
the GPL apply to your software that is not GPL, you go buy a license from
them to distribute proprietary applications.

That is how they made their money. For others who are interfacing free
software to MySQL (e.g. LAMP, ...etc.), the GPL version is fine.

On Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 9:47 PM, Fernando Duran <liberosec at yahoo.ca> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Just a random anecdote but about 5 years ago when I was working in a
> software company that used a MySQL database in its product we had to go and
> buy a $300 or so licence from MySQL.
>
>
> ---------------------
> Fernando Duran
> http://www.fduran.com
>
>
> --- On Sat, 2/27/10, unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca> wrote:
>
> > From: unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca>
> > Subject: [kwlug-disc] MySQL vs. PostGres license differences?
> > To: "Kwlug-Disc" <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
> > Received: Saturday, February 27, 2010, 4:55 AM
> > Was talking with a friend tonight who
> > had looked at the MySQL and Postgres licenses (I have not),
> > and he noted that Postgres was absolutely free, while MySQL
> > was only free for internally developed apps, in a commercial
> > installation.
> >
> > What is the issue, and is it an issue in practice?
> >
> > Thanks.
> >
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