Subject Re: [Firebird-general] Licensing
Author Helen Borrie
At 02:48 PM 10/03/2004 +1000, you wrote:
>I am part of a development team that has recently switched to firebird.
>We are using the database as part of our commercial application. The
>database is installed by our installers transparently to the users. Are
>there any licensing issues with this scenario?

None at all. Just include the license.txt when you deploy, so that your
customers know about the licensing and where the Firebird sources are.

> I have looked at other
>discussions that talk about the source, but we are just using firebird
>in its binary form. Some people expressed concerns with using Firebird
>as an "embedded" server I'm not sure what sense they mean embedded i.e.
>the type of server, or like us that our application relies on the

"Embedded" is just one variant of the server (in this case, a dedicated
server embedded in the client library). It's a binary, too.

Deploying any variant of the server and/or client in binary form doesn't
require you to relinquish your source code! :-)

Under the IPL and the IDPL, if you modify the source code of the Firebird
modules, you are required to release *those sources with your
modifications* - that's it. You still don't have to open your own
application code.