MySQL Moves to Quiet Licensing Critics
July 19, 2004
Open source database vendor MySQL AB is floating a new license exception among members of the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) community in a bid to permit bundling of MySQL alongside PHP (define).
In the view of at least one prominent member of the community though, the Free Software Foundation (FSF), backer of the GPL (define) license that is at the root of the controversy, really doesn't represent the needs or opinion of the core base of PHP, the popular open source scripting language.
The move comes after MySQL recently issued an incremental release (version 4.0.20), and a change in license from the less restrictive LGPL, or "Lesser" General Public License, to the GPL (define) in some of its included software libraries.
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