Re: Berkeley DB 6.0 license change to AGPLv3
* Julien Cristau:
> On Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 18:58:34 +0200, Nick Andrik wrote:
>> Since AGPLv3 is really similar to GPLv3 but mostly oriented for
>> webapplications, would it make sense to contact Oracle with the
>> concerns raised in this thread and ask for clarification and possible
>> consideration to change to license to GPLv3 instead?
> GPLv3 would be just as bad. Changing a library from BSD to GPL is
> something you just don't do.
Previous versions of Berkeley DB have been released under the
Sleepycat license, which is actually a copyleft license. It doesn't
conflict with further restrictions (which weakens it somewhat), but it
requires that "freely redistributable" source code is given to *all*
recipients of the binaries, which is in a way stronger than the GPLv3
(although copyleft extends in different directions, so it's hard to
two licenses as if there was just a single scale).