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Re: MySQL licensing issues again :) This time with yaSSL.

On Mon, Apr 17, 2006 at 09:48:16PM +0200, Florian Weimer wrote:
> * Steve Langasek:

> >> The mentioned "FLOSS" exception allowes the MySQL library which was
> >> put unter GPL and not LGPL to be linked with various free software
> >> licences.

> > The license used for MySQL is GPL + exceptions, not GPL with
> > modifications.  It is always GPL-compatible to grant additional
> > permissions.

> However, if the GPLed yaSSL library is linked in, MySQL may not be in
> the position to grant these exceptions for the combined work.
> Obviously, we can't tell for sure because MySQL could have obtained a
> more permissive license.

Ah, true.  I didn't understand that yaSSL is being distributed with MySQL

So MySQL is certainly in the clear by bundling yaSSL, but bundling it is a
problem for *us* since it means the effective license of libmysqlclient
would be GPL now instead of GPL+exceptions.  Since we have lots of software
that depends on these exceptions, we can't reasonably distribute a
libmysqlclient with yaSSL enabled.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
vorlon@debian.org                                   http://www.debian.org/

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