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Re: License for PostgreSQL for commercial purpose

From: "scott(dot)marlowe" <scott(dot)marlowe(at)ihs(dot)com>
To: Radu-Adrian Popescu <radu(dot)popescu(at)aldratech(dot)com>
Cc: Doug Quale <quale1(at)charter(dot)net>, <pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: License for PostgreSQL for commercial purpose
Date: 2004-03-26 19:00:51
Message-ID: Pine.LNX.4.33.0403261200190.7903-100000@css120.ihs.com (view raw or flat)
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On Fri, 26 Mar 2004, Radu-Adrian Popescu wrote:

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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.

No, it means you can distribute the two together like on a redhat CD 
without worrying about conflicting licenses.


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