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Re: MySQL-OpenSSL linking, news by MySQL team.about licensing

On Wed, Apr 02, 2003 at 01:26:35PM +0200, Francesco P. Lovergine wrote:

> Dear all

> we have some news about #167747 which is potentially of interest
> of all packages which links OpenSSL libraries and MySQL libraries.

> MySQL libraries currently are plain GPL, NOT LGPL as someone thought.

Unless they're trying to retroactively revoke the LGPL license, versions
of the libs prior to MySQL 4.0 are still available under thh LGPL.  The
switch to GPL-only for new releases has been coming for a long time, and
the PHP folks seem prepared to fork the client libs for the benefit of
their own users (to answer another poster's question).

According to a relatively recent changelog entry for the libmysqlclient10

mysql-dfsg (3.23.51-3) unstable; urgency=low

  * Corrected copyright file: the MySQL client library is licenced under
    the LGPL-2 not the GPL. From version 4.x it actually will be GPL this
    is why parts of http://www.mysql.com/ already say so. Closes: #153591

 -- Christian Hammers <ch@debian.org>  Thu, 11 Jul 2002 20:32:28 +0200

So AFAICT, there is no issue here for existing packages.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

> From: Zak Greant <zak@mysql.com>
> Organization: MySQL AB
> To: "'David Axmark'" <david@mysql.com>, <frankie@debian.org>,
>    <licensing@mysql.com>
> Subject: Re: Licensing Question, IT, Debian Project - SPI
> Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2003 16:52:36 -0700
> Cc: "Larry Stefonic" <larry@mysql.com>
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> Dear Francesco,
> Thanks for the note!
> libmysql is indeed GPL licensed.  I will discuss the possibility of adding a 
> specific exception for OpenSSL with David Axmark.
> Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns!
> Cheers!
> --zak

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