Ok thanks, I'm somehow clarified.
Douglas Sims wrote:
> I believe that if you are only using MySQL for your company's internal
> needs, whether from a web server or for deployment to other
> company-owned locations, you don't need a commercial license. For
> example, if your company owns fifiteen stores, you could set up a
> MySQL-based point-of-sale system at each one without needing a
> commercial license. You only need to release your source code if you
> release your compiled code.
> Also, I believe the GPL requirement for sharing only applies if you have
> modified MySQL's object code, i.e. compiled your code into it or it into
> your code or linked object code to it. If you are simply installing it
> as a database and communicating to it through DBI or ODBC or some other
> means which uses sockets or ports, you don't need to release your code
> under the GPL.
> Thus, you hardly ever need to purchase a commercial license.
> Please note that this is just my understanding. I hope someone will
> correct if I have misstated anything here.
> However, it is very reasonable and desirable to support MySQL as a
> company, as they save us all tons of money over Oracle, MS-SQL, etc., in
> addition to providing an excellent product. So even if you don't need
> the commercial license, if your company depends upon MySQL, buying a
> commercial license, paying for training, attending conferences, or
> buying lots of t-shirts is nice.
> Douglas Sims
> On Jun 7, 2006, at 7:58 PM, Logan, David (SST - Adelaide) wrote:
>> Hi Michael,
>> I believe you can purchase a commercial license taking away the GPL
>> provisions from your software if you do not wish to GPL your own
>> software. You can enquire on the MySQL website.
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>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Michael Louie Loria [mailto:mlloria@stripped]
>> Sent: Thursday, 8 June 2006 9:45 AM
>> To: mysql@stripped
>> Subject: MySQL (GPL License)
>> I would like to inquire about the GPL License used by MySQL.
>> Here's our scenario
>> We developed our owned software needed by our operations using MySQL
>> community edition under Windows platform.
>> GPL says that we should distribute/share the source code. But I think it
>> isn't even of interest or beneficial to others because it was done on
>> the company specs.
>> If we were required to distribute/share our source code. What
>> distribution methods can be used? like uploading the source code in a
>> site? or when someone walks in and asks for the source code, we should
>> share it to them.
>> Thanks, I just need to have some clarifications about the GPL
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