Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 15th Mar 2006 16:35 UTC
Databases "Within the past two years, Oracle, IBM and Microsoft have all released freely available versions of their flagship database servers, a move that would have been unheard of just a few years ago. While their respective representatives would argue the move was made in order to better accommodate the needs of all users, it's fairly clear that continued pressure from open source alternatives such as MySQL and PostgreSQL have caused these database juggernauts to rethink their strategies within this increasingly competitive market."
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Wrong. If you develop an application using MySQL, you can distribute it under the terms of any license you chose, as long as you don't link to the database.

Of course you will have to distribute the MySQL source code. And of course if you make any modifications to MySQl, you will have to publish that modifications too. But as long as you don't link to MySQL, you can stay as closed sourced as you like.

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