Non GPL Python MySQL Client Library.

Paul Boddie paul at boddie.net
Tue Jun 29 12:44:05 CEST 2004


"Mike C. Fletcher" <mcfletch at rogers.com> wrote in message news:<mailman.254.1088473329.27577.python-list at python.org>...
> 
> The FSF's original strategy with the GPL assumes that the library is of 
> such value that it is reasonable to go the FSF way rather than 
> re-implement.  When the libraries are basically trivial, they don't even 
> begin to surmount the barrier to entry, so all you're doing is forcing 
> pointless fragmentation.

That may be the case, but who cares about that if "the libraries are
basically trivial"? I'm starting to believe that these libraries
aren't trivial at all if it results in a lengthy rant about the
situation.

But anyway, contrary to idiotic statements about communism from
various software industry pariahs, when people make their software
available under the GPL, they are merely stating the "price" that they
believe their work has and leaving it to the marketplace to determine
whether that "price" makes it interesting to adopt that software or to
find alternative, comparable software. Shockingly, proprietary
software outfits like Microsoft also (mostly) operate under such
conditions, but I don't hear that many people demanding that Microsoft
stop being so selfish with their licences and to release the source
code for everything they've done, preferably for free, under the BSD
licence.

Paul



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