Oracle to purchase Sun Microsystems?

Kenneth Burgener kenneth at mail1.ttak.org
Tue May 19 08:49:06 MDT 2009


On 5/18/2009 10:54 AM, Kyle Waters wrote:
> Maybe an explanation of licensing is in order here.  It's a very 
> confusing topic.  The original purpose of copyright is exactly as it 
> seems it should be a set of laws used to determine who has a right to 
> make copies of something.  Now in today's digital age that's a lot 
> more confusing because everything is a copy.  In order to play a song 
> that is stored on my hard drive, a copy is loaded into RAM, and then 
> copied to various levels of cache, and then to the cpu, this process 
> makes a lot of "copies".  A simpler example is that when I install 
> software to my hard drive, I'm making a copy.
> Kyle


Kyle,

Thank you for that good explanation.

I was researching more about this issue and it appears that there are 
already forks of MySQL out there.  I found a product called "Drizzle" 
which is a fork of the MySQL 6 code.

Kenneth

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drizzle_(database_server)



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