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MySQL CEO Marten Mickos: Bring on the GPL3 Debate

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Marten Mickos, CEO of open source database vendor MySQL, says that he's confident that the wrangling over the current draft of the GNU general public license Version 3 (GPLv3) will help his company in the long run. The MySQL database is distributed under the GPL. In an interview with the IDG News Service, Mickos also talks about other open source issues and what lies ahead for MySQL.

Question: Are you concerned that the schism among open source developers about the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) second draft of GPLv3 will prompt some users to stick with GPLv2?

Marten Mickos: It's not a catastrophe if we have two GPLs. It does show how sometimes success can turn against you. The fact that GPLv2 has been so successful means developers don't see a need to change. The FSF has done their homework, and they have good rational reasons for changing it. But they also have a philosophical, dogmatic attitude that many open source developers don't have. It's time to debate, not time to deliver conclusions.

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