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Old 12-07-2004, 08:56 PM   #1
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mySQL - fees for use?


Hello!

I am creating an internet business shortly, and I am considering using mySQL as the exclusive database to store the data for the site.

Do I need to pay to use it for this purpose?

Thank you.

- John
 
Old 12-07-2004, 08:58 PM   #2
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No... you don't *NEED* to pay to use it... it is exclusively free.. as is PostgreSQL...

However, MySQL does offer top notch support for a fee...

Check out www.mysql.com and read some documentation
 
Old 12-07-2004, 09:00 PM   #3
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Thank you very much. Yes, once profitable, I will contribute back to the project. I don't exploit
 
Old 12-08-2004, 01:16 AM   #4
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What is MySQL's software licensing model?

MySQL uses a "dual licensing" business model. Under this model, users may choose to use MySQL products under the free software/open source GNU General Public License (commonly known as the "GPL") or under a commercial license.

With the GPL license, MySQL is available free of charge. Users may download the software for free and modify, integrate and distribute it. However, GPL users must abide by the rules of the GPL, which stipulate that if a MySQL-based application is redistributed, the complete source code for this application must also be open and available for redistribution.

MySQL AB offers a commercial license for organizations that do not want to release the source code for their application. Commercial license customers get a commercially supported product with a level of assurance from MySQL AB, without the requirement that their MySQL-based software must be "open sourced". MySQL is able to provide a commercial license because it has full ownership of the MySQL code.

MySQL's dual licensing increases freedom in two ways: first, it encourages the growth of free software by licensing MySQL under the GPL; second, it makes it possible to use our software in situations where the GPL is not applicable.

http://www.mysql.com/company/legal/licensing/faq.html
 
Old 12-13-2004, 01:07 AM   #5
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Thanks, I did check out the mysql site before posting, but couldn't manage to find that.
 
  


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