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[News] Free Software Licensing in Pictures, Impact on MySQL

  • Subject: [News] Free Software Licensing in Pictures, Impact on MySQL
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2009 16:07:41 +0000
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Understanding licenses, bit by bit (2)

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| Thanks to all those who commented on my recent 
| proposal to âiconifyâ licenses. That is, 
| representing the essential terms of various 
| Free Software licenses as icons so you can 
| quickly get a feel for their meaning. This is, 
| in the current state of software licensing, no 
| replacement for actually reading and 
| understanding the licenses, but as a mechanism 
| for quick (as opposed to deep) understanding 
| it seems to work well enough.


Oracle's MySQL acquisition shifts open source database market

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| MySQL is used in most segments of the 
| fragmented open source database market, 
| including the Web app space, (along with 
| SQLite), the desktop space (along with 
| Firebird), and in the embedded market.



That Old GNU Thing: Licensing

,----[ Quote ]
| It's plain, though, that open licenses are both thriving and spreading, and
| this report offers a useful snapshot of just far we have come from the
| trailblazing GNU GPL.


Understanding licenses, bit by bit

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| An idea that is suggested every now and then is
| to look at software licensing and give it a
| kind of âCreative Commonsâ feel; that is,
| present the terms of the license in a pleasant
| and orderly way by means of icons. Now, weâve
| already come to the realization that calling
| something âCreative Commons licensedâ is vague
| to the point of being useless (just âsome
| rights reservedâ). Calling something âFree
| Softwareâ is also vague, but there is a rock-
| solid guarantee at the bottom: the term
| guarantees you, the recipient of the software,
| at least the Four Freedoms. Any Open Source
| software you receive usually means at least the
| Four Freedoms as well. So you need to say which
| CC, which Free Software license, which Open
| Source license.

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