acronym LAMP

Florian Diesch diesch at
Mon Jun 22 23:51:11 UTC 2009

Derek Broughton <derek at> wrote:

> Florian Diesch wrote:
>> Derek Broughton <derek at> wrote:
>>>> There are important differences between the GPL and BSD
>>>> licenses that may or may not make a difference in your particular use
>>>> case. It is a good idea to understand what they are before you commit to
>>>> one or the other. The BSD license, which is how PostgreSQL is licensed,
>>>> is the more permissive of the two.
>>> It is, but I honestly can't see how it matters to any program that _uses_
>>> a
>>> database.  You're not modifying the database code, so for almost all uses
>>> either GPL or BSD is irrelevant.
>> You have to buy a commercial licence if you want to use the MySQL
>> client libs in non-FLOSS software, see
>> <>
> Actually no.  What Sun says is you have to buy a license to _distribute_ the 
> MySQL client with non-FOSS software ("Sun’s [FOSS] License Exception ... 
> allows developers of FOSS applications to include Sun's MySQL Client 
> Libraries ... with their FOSS applications"). 
> But you generally _don't_ use the client libs in non-FLOSS software.

That depends on what you are doing. If you want to use special
features of a RDBMS or need hand tuned SQL you may want to use the
client libs directly. 

But I just wanted to point out that the license of the client libs
*may* be relevant for you even if you just *use* the database. It's
at least something you should check


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