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Re: License for PostgreSQL for commercial purpose

From: Radu-Adrian Popescu <radu(dot)popescu(at)aldratech(dot)com>
To: Doug Quale <quale1(at)charter(dot)net>
Cc: pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: License for PostgreSQL for commercial purpose
Date: 2004-03-26 16:43:00
Message-ID: 40645D94.4040209@aldratech.com (view raw or flat)
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Doug Quale wrote:
| Chris Browne <cbbrowne(at)acm(dot)org> writes:
|
|
|>The FSF characterizes the PostgreSQL license as being "an X11 style
|>license."  They felt a need to distinguish between different
|>variations of licenses that are called 'BSD licenses.'
|>
|>The FSF web site then compares various variations on "BSD licenses,"
|>considering that there are some that they deem to be "free" (in their
|>terms), and that there are others that they deem to _NOT_ be "free"
|>(again in their terms).
|
|
| No, that's not what the FSF says.  All the BSD licenses are considered
| free by the FSF. (Look at the web page yourself.)  Most BSD licenses
| are compatible with the GPL, but the original BSD license contains a
| problematic advertising clause that makes it incompatible with the
| GPL.
|
| The Postgres license is a free software license that is GPL
| compatible.

Where GPL compatible means (possibly among other things) that I can get
a BSD-licensed Postgresql and turn it into a GPL-licensed MyPostgresql ?

Not that I would, just curious. And even if I did, it would be a severly
castrated postgresql, as the history of the "My" particle suggests :))
~ - sorry I couldn't resist.

Cheers,
- --
Radu-Adrian Popescu
CSA, DBA, Developer
Aldratech Ltd.
+40213212243
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