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[News] MySQL and PostgresSQL Grow in Appeal; Richard Stallman on Databases

  • Subject: [News] MySQL and PostgresSQL Grow in Appeal; Richard Stallman on Databases
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 09 Jan 2010 10:43:40 +0000
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MySQL and PostgresSQL jobs on the Rise, Oracle job postings decline

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| This tweet from former MySQL AB CEO MÃrten 
| Mickos caught my eye. It shows a trend of 
| increased demand for MySQL and PostgresSQL 
| expertise while job postings on job 
| websites for  those with Oracle and Ingres 
| expertise declined.


On Selling Exceptions to the GNU GPL - Stallman Clarifies

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| As you can see, he believes the GPL is 
| sufficient, that the community can develop 
| powerful programs with the license, and 
| that there is an important difference 
| between the GPL plus exceptions and 
| changing to an Apache license, which is 
| what Monty has been suggesting. So if you 
| see further FUD from Monty about the GPL 
| or how rms allegedly agrees that the GPL 
| is insufficient, here is your rebuttal.
| I trust Monty will remove or rewrite the 
| misrepresentation on the Save MySQL page, 
| so people are not misled into signing this 
| petition due to the false belief that Mr. 
| Stallman supports the campaign.
| Some of you may have signed that petition 
| thinking Mr. Stallman wanted you to do so. 
| A lot of people would sign a petition if 
| they thought Mr. Stallman wanted them to. 
| If so, you may wish to let Monty know you 
| have changed your mind and wish to remove 
| your name. You may also wish to let the EU 
| Commission know about the change.



On Selling Exceptions to the GNU GPL  On Selling Exceptions to the GNU GPL

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| When I co-signed the letter objecting to
| Oracle's planned purchase of MySQL 1 (along
| with the rest of Sun), some free software
| supporters were surprised that I approved
| of the practice of selling license
| exceptions which the MySQL developers have
| used. They expected me to condemn the
| practice outright. This article explains
| what I think of the practice, and why.
| Selling exceptions means that the copyright
| holder of the code releases it to the
| public under a free software license, then
| lets customers pay for permission to use
| the same code under different terms, for
| instance allowing its inclusion in
| proprietary applications.
| We must distinguish the practice of selling
| exceptions from something crucially
| different: proprietary extensions or
| proprietary versions of a free program.
| These two activities, even if practiced
| simultaneously by one company, are
| different issues. In selling exceptions,
| the same code that the exception applies to
| is available to the general public as free
| software. An extension or a modified
| version that is only available under a
| proprietary license is proprietary
| software, pure and simple, and no better
| than any other proprietary software. This
| article is concerned with cases that
| involve strictly and only the sale of
| exceptions.


The State of PostgreSQL: Not So Easy to Kill

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| In fact, PostgreSQL as a project is pretty
| healthy, and shows how vulnerable projects
| like MySQL are to the winds of change.
| PostgreSQL could die tomorrow, if a huge
| group of its contributors dropped out for
| one reason or another and the remainder of
| the community didn't take up the slack. But
| that's exceedingly unlikely. The existing
| model for PostgreSQL development ensures
| that no single entity can control it, it
| can't be purchased and if someone decides
| to fork the project, the odds are that the
| remaining community would be strong enough
| to continue without a serious glitch.

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