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Re: MySQL Con 2008

From: Robert Treat <xzilla(at)users(dot)sourceforge(dot)net>
To: pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Cc: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>, Devrim GÜNDÜZ <devrim(at)commandprompt(dot)com>, "Joshua D(dot) Drake" <jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com>
Subject: Re: MySQL Con 2008
Date: 2007-12-12 00:22:58
Message-ID: 200712111922.59030.xzilla@users.sourceforge.net (view raw or flat)
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On Tuesday 11 December 2007 18:04, Tom Lane wrote:
> Devrim =?ISO-8859-1?Q?G=DCND=DCZ?= <devrim(at)CommandPrompt(dot)com> writes:
> > On Tue, 2007-12-11 at 14:06 -0800, Joshua D. Drake wrote:
> >> My understanding is they do accept patches from the community
> >
> > I don't think so. Maybe Tom knows something about that -- he's applying
> > some patches to Red Hat's MySQL which are not in upstream.
>
> I've sent patches upstream by filing bugs in their bugzilla with
> suggested fixes, and AFAIR they've adopted them (or some other fix)
> .... eventually.  They've not been amazingly responsive.  The patches I'm
> still carrying are for things that I think they won't care to fix ---
> either because they're obsoleting the code, such as their local copy of
> bdb, or because it addresses Red-Hat-specific issues.  It's not worth
> my time to try to get them to adopt such stuff.
>
> None of those patches have been large enough that anyone would think
> there was an interesting intellectual-property issue in them.  I don't
> know what would happen if someone sent a large patch ... maybe they ask
> for a copyright assignment?
>

The do, although it's of questionable legal value in some locales (not ours 
though).  Basically they just want rights to include the stuff in thier 
commercials package; the license agreement is pretty straightforward:

http://forge.mysql.com/contribute/cla.php

-- 
Robert Treat
Build A Brighter LAMP :: Linux Apache {middleware} PostgreSQL

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