On Thu, 2002-09-26 at 01:05, Ken Menzel wrote:
> > Does this also apply to non-open-source but free applications? For
> > example, we give away Escapade for free - always have, always will,
> > at least for the minimal version of the product. If we develop a
> > non-free version of Escapade that uses mysqlclient, what happens
> > then? We also distribute statically-linked and dynamically-linked
> > versions of the product, and I would be interested in knowing
> > MySQL's position on this issue in regards to licensing.
> Excellent question and our point also, we give away our non-open
> source application as well and do not charge a per user/copy/customer
> charge for the client or restrict copies. We DO have licensed servers
> and and we DO charge for using our servers. I have been contacted be
> e-mail by MySQL licensing and am looking forward to having my
> questions answered. We are still using MySQL 3 so I think we are OK.
> But was planning on going to MySQL 4 soon. I wonder how this affect
> the Mascon people (Neat little app also).
See the answer I gave to Ed. As for Mascon they would also need a
We are promoting MySQL development tools so we would give lower
commercial license prices for those products.
So if you use MySQL in a proprietary product you will need a license in
all cases independent of price point. But that commercial license might
have special term in special circumstances.
> Anyway I can understand MySQL's need to grow and would hope they
> continue to listen to us MySQL developers as they always have. (And I
> think they will). But I do feel this is an important change for
> anyone working with a windows client for MySQL and want to be able to
> earn dinner! And I would hope for open discussions. We all want MySQL
> to succeed as a DB and as a company.
As for listening to you I hope we are still doing it. We can not do it
as fast as we did in the beginning since it is a large difference in
running a company with 2 people (when Monty and I started) or 50+ like
But we do need the extra people to be able to keep up since MySQL is now
a much more mature product with much more code. And it also takes a bit
longer to handle a user community with a many millions of users compared
a few thousand like we had initially.
But if any of you have concerns about MySQL AB loosing our connection
with the community please write me directly. But understand that it
might take me a while to answer. I do get LOTS of email.