Now here's another question: MySQL uses the GPL, but it seems like this
leaves a lot of room for interpretation. In addition, modifications are
already being made to the license to allow for linking in PHP. Is it perhaps
time to implement the changes as "The MySQL License"?
When MySQL uses the GPL as "The GPL" it makes me wonder whose interpretation
of the GPL is final in licensing issues: is it MySQL AB's interpretation or
the FSF's that applies? Perhaps a naming of "The MySQL Open License" and
"The MySQl Commercial License" would make it clear that the license is
specific to MySQL and MySQL AB is the final decider.
Now of course this could potentially piss off a certain number of people. I
can imagine the comments on Slashdot now, some ok and some saying this makes
MySQL non-Open Source. Some would complain that MySQL AB being the final
decider on license interpretation means MySQL AB can always decide in their
Just one more thing to ponder...