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Friday challange: linking with GPL code

This is rather a theoretical interest for me for now (what else to do Friday evening) , but I see how it can be used in current dual-licensed mixed open / closed source storage engines MySQL world.

So problem is:

Let's keep MySQL aside for simplicity and imagine we have fully open-source GPLvX licensed "MoonOffice" software. MoonOffice uses libsupercompress library which also distributed under GPL, and provide two functions: "superCompressFile", "superDecompressFile". MoonOffice can be both statically or shared linked with this library. This all fine.

Now imagine one provides library libquickcompress, which is closed sourced, available only in binary formats .so and .la, but the license on it is "use it as you want, link it with whathever you want, distribute it as you want". Of course library also exports two functions "superCompressFile", "superDecompressFile".

Now questions: can we link our GPLed "MoonOffice" …

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MySQL docs freedom

As you may or may not know, long long ago (in this universe) I used to be the MySQL documentation team  Yes, a team of one. This was 2001. It was a great and interesting time. The current much extended team is doing a great job with the now much bigger set of docs!

Today, I find myself disagreeing with my former colleagues on one particular aspect, namely its licensing. You see, the documentation has never been released under an open license, it used to be plainly copyright all rights reserved, and later some rights were granted to distribute the docs together with the server.

Statements made earlier by Karen Padir regarding possible opening up of the docs license filled us with hope. Then, Stefan Hinz (the current docs team lead) wrote a blog entry MySQL documentation: no license change. Some of the arguments there we can …

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MySQL Documentation Licensing Woes

By now many folks know that MySQL documentation is not changing its license. This is an issue with many sides, but before I go through them, I want to address a comment made by Masood Mortazavi:

People who are interested in forking the server — and potentially interested in creating what is in effect separate communities of their own — should probably develop their own docs for their own forks.

(There is a cost involved here, I know. However, it should be a cost worth paying if developers of forks really believe in their work. MySQL AB certainly paid that cost in developing the docs while it had already made the code itself freely available under GPL. So, the playing ground among all forks, etc., …

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Microsoft suing TomTom, not Linux, not open source

One might have thought Microsoft was back rattling the patented software sabres against Linux and open source this week, reading some of the recent reports regarding Redmond’s patent infringement suit against automotive navigation and GPS player TomTom. However, upon further review, it seems that Microsoft is making a point to say that these suits are not aimed at the Linux OS or open source. In response to my own query, the company offered this:

First, to answer your earlier question on how the suit with TomTom involves the Linux Operating System, three of the infringed patents read on the Linux kernel as implemented by TomTom. However, open source software is not the focal point of this action. …

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Trying to keep the customer satisfied

I was just reading Fabrizio Capobanco’s take on the MySQL excitement (”this move is clearly into the right direction”) when it occurred to me that the situation is related to the comments recently made by the former CTO of Kaplan Test, Jon Williams, at the recent OSBC conference.

As I wrote at the time: “Another point Jon made was that the subscription model helps keep open source vendors on their toes as every year he gets to decide whether they will received another payment.”

In other words, as …

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Speaking at FrOSCon 2007

I just received word that my proposal (which was to present my Age of Literate Machines presentation) for FrOSCon has been accepted.

I’m pretty excited - the event should be fun and it will give me a good chance to see friends (including a good number of my German MySQL colleagues)

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