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Re: Zoli Erdos: "Internal Email on Why a Software Company Migrates Away

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: Zoli Erdos: "Internal Email on Why a Software Company Migrates Away from MySQL"
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 16:04:33 -0000
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On 11/5/2010 12:41 PM, RJack wrote:
Nuthin' like hearin' the Softies whine...

There's no whining. It's simply the case that if someone
does not want to share their code under the GPL, then
people who do want to share their code that way don't
care about making the non-sharer happy. It's the moochers
who whine when they discover they can't mooch.

The world's most advanced database is out there under a BSD license.

People and companies generously contribute time, money,
and effort to developing free software. Some of those
want their efforts to be repaid by having others also
contribute, and some simply wish to make their work
available to all comers. The nature of the contributors
is independent of the nature of the users.

Why would you want to deal with Oracle or a soon to be deceased
GPL license?

Ant-GPL cranks have been predicting its demise forever.
Be sure to let me know when it happens. People choose to
deal with companies because they perceive value in it,
such as available support and ubiquity. People choose the
GPL because they want users of their software to have the
same freedom they themselves had, and don't want to help
others who would choose to deny those freedoms to their own

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