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RE: Why migrating to MAXDB?
From: Dittmar, Daniel (daniel.dittmarsap.com)
Date: Fri Jan 23 2004 - 06:38:20 CST
> Why do I need to licence _my software_ under GPL when
> I'm not linking against MaxDB or including MaxDB code in my
> I'm just using it as a database backend to store my data. In addition,
> redistributing GPL software is allowed provided that source code is
> available -> no problem.
You are linking against the client libraries which are also GPLed. This means that you cannot distribute your programs unless they are released under the GPL or a compatible licence.
> For example, there are numerous commercial applications
> (closed source)
> using e.g. MySQL or whatever open source DBMS as a database backend.
I'll have to ask MySQL sales first how the legal situation is for such products. Maybe special developers or redistribution licences are available.
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