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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).

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