RealBasic pulls MySQL support

Ruslan Zasukhin sunshine at
Wed Sep 12 13:45:59 EDT 2007

On 12/9/07 8:31 PM, "chris bohnert" <chris at> wrote:

> Mark,
> Just my opinion here as issues surrounding MySQL's interpretation of the GPL
> seem to get foggier by the day.
> I'd imagine that Runrev avoids having to deal with RealBasics issues by
> using the older LGPL'd connector (which presumably stops working somewhere
> in the Mysql development roadmap).  The problem here is that the older
> connector does not support many of the newer features.  Realbasic
> specifically decided they needed support for the newer features and were
> thus willing to eat the GPL license for their connector.

I agree.

For example, I did have CocaMySQL built on old drivers,
And when our HOST provider have start to use mySQL 5.0,
It simply did not work in 50% of cases.

Have gone 6-8 months while new CocoaMySQL was shipped.

Btw, even for older drivers WAS ALSO commercial license.
They always did sale mySQL for money to DESKTOP Application developers.

> Interesting enough, the way I understand it, MySql offers a commercial
> license for its newer connector but that license may not be used to generate
> a plugin that connects to the GPL'd version of the MySql may
> only connect to a commercially licensed version of their server.
> The FUD surrounding this issue has worked on me and we dropped all direct
> connection support for MySql about a year ago.  We either use a different db
> or proxy requests through a php call.

Point is:

    mySQL is attractive for ISP and may be other WEB developers.
    but for DESKTOP applications they are not friendly.

Best regards,

Ruslan Zasukhin
VP Engineering and New Technology
Paradigma Software, Inc

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