Suppose i distribute MySQL-4.1 with an appliance,
which is a sealed x86 machine running a Linux
distribution made by another entity (ok, it's Red
Hat). I don't write any code that's directly linked to
MySQL, I'm only using the existing php-mysql, etc.,
packages already provided by the distribution, plus
some third-party apps that are under GPL and link to
MySQL (applications that access MySQL, not written by
me, but are Open Source GPL projects off SourceForge
and other places - i just bundle them with the
Any code that I write personally is PHP and sits on
top of the php-mysql module provided by Red Hat.
The end-user has no direct visibility to the database,
in fact, the end-user might never know it's MySQL -
all that is visible is the PHP interface, via Apache.
In this case, what's the license? Is MySQL still free
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