[Development] MYSQL / MariaDB pre-build plugins

Thiago Macieira thiago.macieira at intel.com
Fri Jan 3 13:48:23 CET 2020

On Thursday, 2 January 2020 21:10:46 -03 Ville Voutilainen wrote:
> > Ok, you're talking about the fact that linking to a GPL'ed library makes a
> > derivative work, according to the FSF, and therefore the plugin is GPL
> > too.
> > I've heard lawyers interpret this differently, but the only opinion that
> > matters here is that of the lawyer representing the entity that is doing
> > the hosting and publishing.
> I'm talking about what you wrote, which is
> "So the current MySQL
> maintainers (Oracle) made the choice for us by not allowing us to ship the
> plugin."
> They didn't make the choice for us, and they didn't disallow us to
> ship the plugin.
> We chose not to ship it.

Indeed. I had misunderstood why we couldn't/wouldn't ship the plugin. I had 
thought that the licensing of MySQL had changed considerably since the MariaDB 
split and we weren't allowed to ship a derivative work at all.

Thanks for clarifying it's actually plain, ol' GPL and it's our choice.

> > This gets solved by linking to the LGPL equivalent. That's
> > libmariadb.so.3.
> Yes, we can ship a mariadb plugin in any package we like, perfectly in
> accordance with our current
> packaging policy.

Thiago Macieira - thiago.macieira (AT) intel.com
  Software Architect - Intel System Software Products

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