[DB-SIG] Opinion License mxODBC-Module

Andrew Kuchling akuchlin@mems-exchange.org
Mon, 26 Feb 2001 10:07:08 -0500

On Mon, Feb 26, 2001 at 11:33:26AM +0100, Matthias Kirst wrote:
>- mxODBC , the quasi-standard ODBC - module has a commercial developer
>license which costs almost 1500 US$

The actual standard is the DB-API, and mxODBC just an implementation.
Marc-Andre is free to pursue whatever licensing he cares to with his
module, and I wish him the best of luck with it.  (Though I suspect
charging for mxODBC will backfire and result in a resurgence of
competition as people implement one-off modules for their database
system of choice -- we'll see...)

>What will happen to Python when all of the other modules like pyXML will
>switch to this licensing model ??!!

Not likely to happen.  PyXML was written by several people (4Suite,
Lars Marius Garshol, Martin von Loewis, etc.) and it would be unlikely
that we'd all agree to take it commercial.