[DB-SIG] Opinion License mxODBC-Module
Dr. Dieter Maurer
Mon, 26 Feb 2001 12:05:16 +0100 (CET)
Matthias Kirst writes:
> - mxODBC , the quasi-standard ODBC - module has a commercial developer
> license which costs almost 1500 US$
> What will happen to Python when all of the other modules like pyXML will
> switch to this licensing model ??!!
I fear, that's the long term fate of open source software when
they grow mature and must provide a living for their creators/maintainers.
Your options are:
* stick with an older version that was still free for commercial use
* develop your own ODBC interface and (maybe) allow it to be
freely used for commercial purposes.
* go through COM to access your databases
In principle, companies should be prepared to contribute to the
refinancing of the software they use.
The price for mxODBC may be
a bit too high, though. But, it is a new company, it must
still find the adequate market prices for its products.