Subject Re: OpenBase, Phoenix, etc. Re: [IB-Architect] Open Letter
Author Bill Karwin
Helen Borrie wrote:
> >But writing an application that manipulates or
> >integrates with a GPLed app will not infect me.
> Tim,
> How will your code interface with the database?

Exactly! I assume there must be a MySQL client library, analogous to
InterBase's gds32.dll. As soon as you link your application code with
MySQL's client library (unless that library is a special exception to
the license), you're GPL'd.

That's apparently how MySQL hopes to make money. By charging fees to
people who want to use MySQL under a different license. But their GPL
license is good for people who want to "try before you buy".