[Phpmyadmin-devel] AGPL

Thijs Kinkhorst thijs at debian.org
Tue Nov 27 13:24:25 CET 2007

On Tuesday 27 November 2007 11:33, Sebastian Mendel wrote:
> Hi,
> i just want to know what you think about the AGPL
> (in short AGPL requires users to share their modifications on this software
> even if not provided as download and only as service, f. e. an ISP
> providing phpMyAdmin to their customers does not need to share their
> modifications)

I would not be in favour of such a thing.

First because being under the GPL is very common nowadays and it keeps things 
simple to have not too many different licences.

Second because I do not think that there's much to gain from such shared 
patches, but it does put more burden on ISP's changing e.g. a few lines to 
integrate it with their custom control panel software.

I'm not sure what the consequences for Debian distributing phpMyAdmin would 
be, I would have to read the full licence text for that. But I see not much 
to gain except more complications for your users.


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