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Re: Frontend/Backend protocol 3.0

From: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Jonathan Fuerth <fuerth(at)sqlpower(dot)ca>
Cc: pgsql-odbc(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Frontend/Backend protocol 3.0
Date: 2005-06-06 21:31:48
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Jonathan Fuerth wrote:
> On Jun 6, 2005, at 1:55 PM, Bruce Momjian wrote:
> >
> > The work is actually being done by another company, Pervasive.  The
> > Command Prompt version is to be GPL and is quite different.
> >
> Ok, cool.  Where can I find more information about that?  I searched 
> this list, googled for "pervasive odbc postgres," and poked around on 
>, but came up dry.
> I did read the licensing debate in that Command Prompt thread, but it 
> seemed that the consensus was that an ODBC driver links with the driver 
> manager--not the application code--and so the GPL doesn't leak out and 
> infect ODBC client applications that happen to work with a GPL'ed ODBC 
> driver.  I guess there would have to be a public statement from Command 
> Prompt, or legal precedent, to make this point of view a little more 
> trustworthy and official.  If this interpretation was correct, would it 
> be legal to bundle a GPL'ed ODBC driver with a closed-source 
> application?
> It certainly did seem to be Command Prompt's intention from the outset 
> to use the dual license model to require "fee-based commercial use," 
> otherwise they could have chosen a less restrictive open source 
> license.
> If there's anyone left with access to update the psqlodbc gborg site, 
> maybe they could put up a list of links to the "alternative" PostgreSQL 
> ODBC driver projects (and maybe mention the licensing model of each).  
> I don't think I'm the only person who has been suffering from a lack of 
> background knowledge in this regard.

OK, who is working on improving ODBC at this point?  Please give us a
status report.

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