[Haskell-cafe] HDBC's future and request for help
jgoerzen at complete.org
Tue Feb 22 20:54:53 CET 2011
On 02/22/2011 01:33 PM, Chris Dornan wrote:
> Hi John,
> Two thoughts: is there any prospect of making HDBC available under a
> BSD-like license? The LGPL license is a significant barrier for me and I
> expect it will be for others.
I'm happy to discuss this with people. It would be helpful to
understand concrete cases where this would be a problem. I have
permitted other code to be relicensed under BSD in the past and so don't
have a huge hangup about this. If it's the best thing for the
community, I'd be likely to do it. On the other hand, I have seen
numerous cases over the years where BSD code has been taken by some
company and essentially forked into a proprietary version. I feel this
is not in the long-term interests of the community, and that drawback
has to be weighed against any advantage.
> And, along the lines of your own comments, the ODBC interface raises a
> significant (technical) barrier for MySQL users. Is there any chance
> that we can encourage/help getting the the MySQL driver closer to
> production quality?
The short answer is probably to send patches to its author or fork it.
Or fund someone else to do so.
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