Ben Laurie blathering

Sleepycat Revisited

I hadn’t noticed that Sleepycat’s “open source” license applies to “any accompanying software that uses the DB software”. This is not open in any sense I recognise, and so perhaps Oracle will actually maintain it, since no doubt the most revenue comes from people wanting to use BDB as part of a closed source product – and they’ll have to pay for a commercial license for that.

So, don’t hold you breath for the fork. I certainly wouldn’t be all that likely to work on it with a license like that.

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