Non GPL Python MySQL Client Library.

Ville Vainio ville at
Thu Jul 1 18:14:17 CEST 2004

>>>>> "Francois" == François Pinard <pinard at> writes:

    Francois> Libraries are commodities, but so is a lot of
    Francois> non-library software.

Yep, but you generally don't link with non-library software, you just
use it. "Using" a library is essentially linking with it, so a GPL'd
library sucks for the user, while a GPL'd program guarantees for the
user that it will remain free. The user of a GPL'd program is not
required to give anything back.

    Francois> free software, there are other good free software
    Francois> licenses too.  But the GPL is not "wrong", and
    Francois> developers are not "bad" because they choose it.

They are not "bad", they just want to profit through dual-licensing
the library with a commercial license. It's an entirely valid and
succesful business model. And, as always, the sucker is the one who's
paying, not the one who's asking.

Ville Vainio

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