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MySQL man pages silently relicensed away from GPL
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It has recently been brought to our attention that the MySQL man pages have been relicensed. The change was made rather silently going from MySQL 5.5.30 to MySQL 5.5.31. This affects all pages in the man/ directory of the source code.

You can tell the changes have come during this short timeframe (5.5.30->5.5.31). The old manual pages were released under the following license:

This documentation is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it only under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; version 2 of the License.

The new man pages (following 5.5.31 and greater – still valid for 5.5.32) are released under the following license:

This software and related documentation are provided under a license agreement containing restrictions on use

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Introducing Drizzle Tools
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As part of the Libdrizzle Redux project I created an example tool which was bundled with it which will connect to a MySQL server as a slave and download the binary logs to local files.  This was developed as a quick example of what can be done with the new binlog API.

Two things quickly became apparent:
  • We shouldn't really be distributing applications in a library
  • I am going to be developing more useful tools around libdrizzle and they certainly shouldn't be in the same package
  • BSD is a fantastic license for a library, but I personally prefer GPLv2 for applications
  • With this in mind I have pulled the drizzle_binlogs utility from Libdrizzle trunk (and therefore won't be in the 5.1.3 release) and put it in its own repository.  It has been licensed appropriately (GPLv2) and I am already beginning to develop more tools to go with it.

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    Questions about the MariaDB C Connector
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    I should first start this blog post with the acronym IANAL (I am not a lawyer).  Also the views in this post are mine and not my employer's (a lawyer did ask me to say that part).

    Questions on the MariaDB JDBC Driver have already been raised so I wanted to do something similar for the MariaDB C Connector.  The JDBC's issues are mostly ethical whereas my C Connector questions are mostly legal.

    But first a little history...  MySQL 3.23.58 was the last version to include an LGPL licensed connector for MySQL, the connector went GPL (and of course commercial) after this version.  Nowadays the connector is GPL with a FLOSS exception, that exception allows you to compile with certain other licensed software.  The main

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    MariaDB C client libraries and the end of dual-licensing
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    Finally there is an LGPL C client library for MariaDB, and thus also for MySQL. Monty Program and SkySQL have been working on this for some time. Admittedly there was already the BSD licensed Drizzle client library which was also able to talk to a MySQL/MariaDB server, however its API is different. The C client library for MariaDB has exactly the same API existing applications are used to, so you can just re-link and keep going! There is also a new LGPL Java client library for MariaDB.

    In case you don’t quite realise: this is actually a major thing.

    At MySQL AB, the client library was made GPL and this flowed through to Sun Microsystems and then Oracle Corp. This licensing

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    Developer Week in Review: These things always happen in threes
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    Fall is being coy this year in the Northeast. We've been having on and off spells of very mild, almost summer-like weather over the last few weeks. That trend seems to be finally ending, alas, as there is possible snow forecasted for the weekend in New Hampshire. As the old joke goes, if you don't like the weather here, just wait five minutes.

    The fall also brings hunting to the area. The annual moose season just concluded (you need to enter a special lottery to get a moose permit), but deer season is just about to open. My son and I won't be participating this year, but we recently purchased the appropriate tools of the trade, a shotgun to hunt in southern NH (where you can't hunt deer with a rifle) and a Mosin Nagant 91/30 for the rest of the state. The later is probably

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    451 CAOS Links 2011.10.25
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    Microsoft: “more than half your Android devices are belong to us”. And more

    # Microsoft claimed that more than half of the world’s ODM industry for Android and Chrome devices is now under license to Microsoft’s patent portfolio following its agreement with Compal Electronics.

    # Hadapt expanded its board of directors and confirmed its $9.5m series A funding round.

    # Appcelerator entered into an

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    HPCC vs Hadoop at a glance
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    Since this article was written, HPCC has undergone a number of significant changes and updates. This addresses some of the critique voiced in this blog post, such as the license (updated from AGPL to Apache 2.0) and integration with other tools. For more information, refer to the comments placed by Flavio Villanustre and Azana Baksh.

    The original article can be read unaltered below:

    Yesterday I noticed this tweet by Andrei Savu: . This prompted me to read the related GigaOM article and then check out the  [Read more...]
    451 CAOS Links 2011.06.14
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    Apache OpenOffice.org proposal approved. SkySQL Tekes new funding. And more.

    # The proposal for OpenOffice.org to become an Apache incubator project was unanimously approved.

    # Rob Weir discussed how the relationship between OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice need not be a zero-sum game.

    # Simon Phipps offered his thoughts on the potential positive and negative outcomes.

    # Tekes, the main public funding agency for research, development, and innovation in Finland,

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    Getting started with Tungsten Replicator and Tungsten Sandbox
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    We have been busy, at Continuent. In addition to our usual work with high performance replication, we have addressed usability issues, since we know that a hard-to-use problem, no matter how powerful, has low adoption. Thus, is with some personal satisfaction that I can announce the release of Tungsten Replicator 2.0.3, which comes with several huge improvements in matter of user friendliness. The new installation procedure is so user friendly, in fact, that I was able to build a sophisticated tungsten-sandbox with a  [Read more...]
    451 CAOS Links 2011.03.25
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    Red Hat grows revenue 20%+. Google withholding Honeycomb source code. And more.

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    “Tracking the open source news wires, so you don’t have to.”

    # Red Hat reported Q4 revenue up 25% to $245m, FY revenue up 22% to $909m

    # Google is withholding the source code to Honeycomb for the foreseeable future.

    # Rick Clark explained why he left Rackspace amid concerns that the company is exerting too much control over OpenStack.

    # DataStax launched Brisk, a Hadoop/Hive

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    451 CAOS Links 2011.03.22
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    Paranoid Android. Canonical and Gnome. A new OSI. And more.

    Paranoid Android
    If you are interested in the potential violation of the GPL by the Android kernel you have probably already immersed yourself in the numerous blog posts published on the topic. If not, start with Sean Hogle’s analysis or Bradley M Kuhn’s overview of the original allegations and work backwards from there, not forgetting a detour for the obligatory Microsoft connection. Linus Torvalds said claim “seems totally bogus”. In the

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    451 CAOS Links 2011.01.11
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    Black Duck acquires Olliance Group. Funding for Zend and PHP Flog. And more.

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    “Tracking the open source news wires, so you don’t have to.”

    # Black Duck Software acquired Olliance Group.

    # Viola Private Equity invested $7m in Zend Technologies.

    # PHP Fog raised $1.8m from Madrona Venture Group, First Round Capital, Founder’s Co-op, and other angel investors.

    # The proposal for CPTN Holdings to acquire Novell’s patents has reportedly been withdrawn.

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    Who's afraid of MySQL forks?
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    There is much talk about MySQL forks and how they are going to replace MySQL, or take over MySQL user base, or become more powerful/profitable/popular/you-name-it than MySQL itself.
    Let's clear some air on this topic. There is more about forks than meets the eye, especially if you think about a few obvious facts.
    What's a fork? According to Wikipedia
    a project fork happens when developers take a legal copy of source code from one software package and start independent development on it, creating a distinct piece of software.
    By this definition, when someone who doesn't work at the MySQL project distributes a package that

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    Oracle Blamed for Laws of Nature
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    A catchy headline, and I believe more accurate than Oracle Puts the Squeeze on SMBs with MySQL Price Hike (Network World) and MySQL price hikes reveal depth of Oracle’s wallet love [MySQL Jacking up MySQL Prices] (The Register). Slightly more realistic is Oracle kills low-priced MySQL support (again The Register).

    First, let’s review what Oracle has actually done: they ditched the MySQL enterprise Basic and Silver offerings. For Oracle, that makes sense. Their intended client base is “enterprise” (high end, think big corporates) and their MySQL sales and cost structure reflects this. It’s

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    Long tails on licensing questions
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    In my time at MySQL AB in the Community Relations possition (2004-2006) I wrote several articles on MySQL’s licensing for the MySQL web site. The core reason for having to explain anything was (and still is) the dual licensing of MySQL, in particular the client library. I left MySQL AB years ago, but people still ask me licensing questions. Below is an excerpt from one such question, and my response.

    > Hi, Found a post on the mysql website from Arjen Lentz to do with the whole
    > mysql licensing question.
    > Do you know if the issue with, php scripts (that use a mysql database) issued
    > under a proprietary license require you to have a commercial license for
    > mysql, or will the issues be covered for the GPL version through the fact
    > that the scripts run via php which in-turn connects to the GPL mysql server

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    Protocol, the GPL, and how Bazaar can help
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    Mark Callaghan asks Can a protocol be GPL?, after finding a disturbing comment in a source file:
    Any re-implementations of this protocol must also be under GPL, unless one has got an license from MySQL AB stating otherwise.

    I recall talking with one of the company lawyers about this matter, and he assured me that the GPL can't be used for a protocol, and that's why this notice was dropped from MySQL.com site a few years ago, even before the Sun acquisition.
    This is thus an embarrassing piece of ancient history (which will hopefully

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    CAOS Theory Podcast 2010.02.05
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    Topics for this podcast:

    *Matt Asay moves from Alfresco to Canonical
    *GPL fade fuels heated discussion
    *Apple’s iPad and its enterprise and open source impact
    *Open source in data warehousing and storage
    *Our perspective on Oracle’s plans for Sun open source

    iTunes or direct download (32:50, 9.2 MB)

    451 CAOS Links 2010.02.02
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    Oracle’s plans for Sun’s OSS. The UK’s updated OSS strategy. And more.

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    “Tracking the open source news wires, so you don’t have to.”

    Oracle’s plans for Sun’s OSS
    # Oracle’s MySQL strategy slide.

    # eWeek reported that database thought leaders are divided on Oracle MySQL.

    # Savio Rodrigues and Computerworld on Oracle’s plans for MySQL, other open source assets.

    # Zack Urlocker is leaving Oracle/Sun/MySQL.

    # Red Hat’s Mark Little

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    As the GPL fades
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    We’re continuing to see signs that the dominant GPL open source license may be fading from favor among commercial open source software players. The latest move away from the GPL comes from content management software vendor Alfresco, which is moving to the LGPL after originally releasing its code under the GPL three years ago. The reasoning for the shift, according to Alfresco CEO John Newton, is the company sees greater opportunity beyond being a software application, particularly given the emergence of the Content Management Interoperability Services standard. Alfresco won mostly praise for its move, and it does make sense given where open source is going these days.

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    CAOS Theory Podcast 2010.01.22
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    Topics for this podcast:

    *Open source in consumer devices
    *VMware-Zimbra deal highlights open source, cloud
    *A capitalist’s guide to open source licensing
    *Latest on Oracle-Sun-MySQL, M&A implications

    iTunes or direct download (24:48, 5.7 MB)

    If you really want to "save" MySQL, start by encouraging them to release their docs under the GPL
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    I've talked about this before, but I think it bears repeating as we enter a new year. Sun has still not released the MySQL documentation under the GPL license, or any other free license. It's still not legal to modify and republish the database documentation. This hurts projects like XtraDB, MariaDB, Kickfire, Infobright and other companies which either have forked the GPL licensed version of MySQL, or entered into a proprietary license agreement with Sun.

    These companies can't update the documentation to reflect the changes and enhancements which they have made to MySQL. I can't take the docs and publish changes or annotations without violating the license agreement for the docs.

    If Sun wants to claim that MySQL is true open source then they must open source the documentation. If Oracle wants to claim that there is plenty of competition in the database market, they should be

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    GPL/ASL/BSD License Misconceptions and MySQL
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    Having been a free software user and supporter for many years, I am disheartened by some of the comments made in the MySQL/Oracle debate regarding the GNU Public License (GPL) and other licenses. There is much throwing around of misconceptions and untruths about licenses and their differences. In this blog, I shall take on some of the bigger misconceptions.

    While Linux is indeed distributed under the GPL, as is MySQL, Linux has an exception that allows anyone to run any kind of applications (including closed source applications) on top of Linux.

    Monty says: Help keep the Internet free

    There is nothing in the GPL that forbids running closed source applications on top of GPL-licensed software. The only thing that GPL has in this

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    CAOS Theory Podcast 2009.12.18
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    Topics for this podcast:

    *2009 review and 2010 preview
    *New CAOS survey and report – Climate Change
    *Ups and downs in new round of GPL lawsuits
    *Oracle-Sun-MySQL saga continues

    iTunes or direct download (30:00, 6.9 MB)

    New GPL suits and an open source imbalance
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    A new round of GPL-based BusyBox suits has been filed, targeting big names in electronics and IT. We’ve long covered these series of GPL-based suits and settlements, but this latest round comes at an interesting time for open source software and its licensing.

    First, we have the backdrop of the Oracle-Sun-MySQL acquisition, with opponents arguing to the world and the European Commission, which is reviewing the proposed merger before approving it, in part that the GPL is, ironically, granting too much power to its user, in this case Oracle. I’ve been quoted in the press and honestly

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    Florian Mueller responds to Eben Moglen's Oracle/Sun submission
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    Last week Eben Moglen, founder and executive director of the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), submitted an independent opinion on the Oracle/Sun merger to the European Union (EU). Moglen summarized his submission as follows:

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    The Affero GPL does not solve the open source/cloud revenue dilemma
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    A number of people have recently raised the issue of the threat that cloud computing poses to the monetization of open source by specialist vendors, including Savio Rodrigues, Matt Asay, and Mike Hogan.

    I believe that cloud computing provides an opportunity for open source specialists, but agree that cloud services based on open source code could potentially eat into the business opportunities for open source specialists since the cloud providers have no requirements

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    451 CAOS Links 2009.11.13
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    Symbian’s future in the balance? All Go for Chrome OS. And more.

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    “Tracking the open source news wires, so you don’t have to.”

    For the latest on Oracle’s acquisition of MySQL via Sun, see Everything you always wanted to know about MySQL but were afraid to ask

    Symbian’s future in the balance?
    The H reported that Samsung is to abandon Symbian in favour of Windows Mobile, Android and the new Samsung bada OS, while Samsung later denied that it

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    Open Source Licensing Considerations
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    The two predominant forms of open source licenses are BSD and GPL. PostgreSQL is licensed under the BSD license , while MySQL is licensed under GPL . While the details are arcane, the business impact is significant, and that is what this post addresses.

    The BSD (or BSD-style) License: This license basically says: ‘This code is provided as is, do what you want with it, and include this copyright in your resulting product.’

    The GPL License: This license, also known as the copyleft license, essentially says: ‘This is free and distributed as source code, and any addition or extension must also be distributed under these exact terms.’

    BSD essentially says I prefer open source code, so I’m making my source code open

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    Harish Pillay and Brian Aker debate with Richard Stallman (Part 2)
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    The attendees were not satisfied with the first answer RMS gave to Brian, that Harish Pillay (Chief Technical Architect, Red Hat Singapore), chose to ask RMS what more he had to say, with regards to the letter he’d written. He answered quite candidly in this video, which Brian chimed in for as well.

    The back channel for all this was Twitter… Don’t hesitate to follow @harishpillay, @brianaker, @piawaugh or even

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    Brian Aker debates with Richard Stallman
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    At foss.my 2009, Brian Aker asked Richard Stallman at his keynote, about the Oracle/Sun acquisition (with a focus on MySQL), with regards to the parallel licensing approach used by MySQL. Brian was referring to:

    As only the original rights holder can sell commercial licenses, no new forked version of the code will have the ability to practice the parallel licensing approach, and will not easily generate the resources to support continued development of the MySQL platform.

    from Richard’s Letter to the EC opposing Oracle’s acquisition of MySQL. Listen to the discussion between Brian and Richard.

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