# To subscribers of the xforms list from Bill Unruh <email@example.com> :
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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