GPL issue at my work place

Tzeng, Nigel H. Nigel.Tzeng at
Thu Jan 17 13:44:31 UTC 2008

>From: Arnoud Engelfriet [mailto:arnoud at]
>This is a very difficult issue, and something you're not going to
>resolve by pointing to postings on a mailing list. As secretary and
>legal counsel in a corporate OSS board in a big firm I know how hard
>it is to get the right kind of attitude in place.

I think that he can mostly resolve the issue if he can get something
from MySQL that explains the impact of GPL on his company from their
perspective.  In a worst case scenario MySQL legal/sales will advise
them to get a commercial license but they are buying RHEL anyway.  IANAL
but I do not believe they need a commercial license.

They already allow him to use Linux so the only thing left in his LAMP
stack is MySQL.

This doesn't fix the general issue of GPL for him but only this specific

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