[Mono-devel-list] ByteFX development

Michael J. Ryan tracker1_lists at theroughnecks.com
Fri Sep 17 19:19:15 EDT 2004

Is the bytefx driver using the mysql connector library, also, is using
an assembly in .net considered a static linking under GPL?

AFAIK, if you aren't changing the code for the bytefx driver, you
may be able to use it for non-gpl apps?  better asked of a technical or
copyright lawyer.

Chris Morgan wrote:
>>If you have a look at the www.ByteFX.com and go to the data provider tab,
>>you'll see there that Reggie is now part of MySQL and the ByteFX code is
>>what he is developing for them.
>>I don't see any reason why, given the work he's doing, you wouldn't want to
>>stick with his code, since I understand he is making sure that it's mono
>>Reggie has always been responsive to any issues that have arisen, and I
>>would hope that he is just as responsive these days, even though he's
>>probably got some other stuff to work on as well.
> The licensing of MySQL makes it less than appealing for commercial use.  As I mentioned in my first email, the license has changed from lgpl to gpl meaning that any applications that use the MySQL connector become gpl'ed.  Here is the link to the connector downloads page:
> http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/net/1.0.html
> Here is the GNU description of whether you can link or not:
> http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#LinkingWithGPL
> Given this it seems very useful to maintain development of a lgpl MySQL client.
> Chris
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