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Message Posted: Tue, 25 May 2004 @ 15:00:58 GMT

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Subj:   Re: Teradata on a Linux Platform
From:   Matthew Winter


  Second there is a persistent rumor that Linux is somewhere in the roadmap for the database platform. I'm a field guy, so I usually learn more from this forum than I do internally, but I've heard that this may be underway, if only as a "hobby shop" task by the developers.  

I hope that it is more than a rumour. Certainly in Seattle last year it got quite alot of mention at the Q&A sessions, but no definates.

  Also, with regard to GPL/OpenBSD licenses: first, the BSD license differes from the Gnu in that you -CAN- incorporate open code into proprietary without requiring full disclosure of the proprietary contents. This isn't as onerous as it seems: it effectively "dead ends" a proprietary extension, while the open source equivalent will continue to grow with contributions. But it does give companies the ability to provide a way to protect their IP without completely ignoring the open source community.  

Personally I do not like the BSD style licenses, as it tends to lead to companies appropriating code and making out it is theres, by adding a few extensions/differences. Take IBM with the Apache Webserver or Netezza with the PostgreSQL database.

I would prefer a half way house, basically one that follows the general principals of the GPL, but allows a company to make extensions which do not have to be disclosed for a period of time, say 6 months. Which gives the company the advantage for 6 months over there competitor, but overall everybody would benefit.


Matthew Winter

EDW Database Administrator
Teradata Certified Master

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