Re: XForms: xforms open source

From: Bill Unruh (
Date: Thu Jul 19 2001 - 13:03:34 EDT

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    On Thu, 19 Jul 2001, Yann Guichoux wrote:

    > Does anyone know about the licence under which xforms will be released ?
    > GPL ? LGPL (like GTK) ? There is quite a big difference ...
    > here is an extract of the GNU documentation :

    I would certainly feel that LGPL is far more appropriate. GPL "infects"
    all programs using it, forcing them to also be released under GPL if
    they use parts of the system. For a library like xforms, I think this
    would unduely limit its use and usefulness. LGPL allows use of the
    xforms library without forcing the whole program therefor to also be
    released under GPL.

    Alternatively it could be released under BSD license ( although the possibility of
    discovering that Microsoft has used it without any acknowledgement might put
    somewhat of a damper on that idea).

    > "...Using the ordinary GPL is not advantageous for every library. There
    > are reasons that can make it better to use the Library GPL in
    > certain cases. The most common case is when a free library's features
    > are readily available for proprietary software through other
    > alternative libraries. In that case, the library cannot give free
    > software any particular advantage, so it is better to use the Library
    > GPL for
    > that library. ..."

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