Subject: Re: Sleepycat Software DB 2.x library licensing vs. NetBSD
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From: Greg A. Woods <email@example.com>
Date: 09/18/1998 04:04:31
[ On Thu, September 17, 1998 at 20:58:51 (-0600), Justin T. Gibbs wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: Sleepycat Software DB 2.x library licensing vs. NetBSD
> >If (and that's and awfully big "if" just now!) I were to try to market
> >some commercial software that just so happened to work best with DB 2.x
> DB 1.X has bugs that can kill things like Sendmail.
Hmm... and what about the slightly older sendmail still in NetBSD?
> I believe Sun has
> already received a variant license for DB2 for use with their shipped
they are not listed on the WWW pages as a Sleepycat customer using DB,
though Sendmail, Kerberos and Perl are (Kerberos via MIT).... Of course
that doesn't mean much....
> I do not know if any money was involved.
me neither, but I don't think that's necessarily relevant to this
> This all assumes that your product ships with a compiler, the user wishes
> to place the computer on an internet network, you have a transport tool
> that can get through any firewalls without user intervention, etc., etc.
> The alternative is tech-support hell.
> Personally, I'm not interested in "sneaking through some loophole" to not
> pay Keith if his desire is to be payed for his work. Considering the fact
> that he payed several contractors to deliver portions of DB2, I think he
> certainly has the right to recoup his costs and benefit from his work.
I fully agree. I'm really more interested in these kinds of copyright
licenses in general, not necessarily the DB copyright license
specifically, though it provides a good example, and indeed I think
integration the most recent version of DB would be beneficial to NetBSD.
Greg A. Woods
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