Subject: Re: Fwd: study of GNU GPL vs MS EULA
From: John Cowan <>
Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2003 23:33:06 -0400

Dr. Ernie Prabhakar scripsit:

> "Under Linux, many of the libraries are released as LGPL software, 
> which allows non-Open Source software, such as IBM's Sybase SQL Server, 
> Oracle and Lotus Domino etc. to be compiled and linked to these 
> programming libraries. This software then can remain as proprietary, 
> non-Open Source software, even though it directly links to GPL 
> software," the study pointed out, effectively killing the idea that the 
> GPL has some kind of viral properties.

This is an obvious muddle: the GPL is viral, the LGPL isn't, at least
with respect to programs that use the library as opposed to enhancing it.

And through this revolting graveyard of the universe the muffled, maddening
beating of drums, and thin, monotonous whine of blasphemous flutes from
inconceivable, unlighted chambers beyond Time; the detestable pounding
and piping whereunto dance slowly, awkwardly, and absurdly the gigantic
tenebrous ultimate gods --  the blind, voiceless, mindless gargoyles whose soul
is Nyarlathotep. (Lovecraft) John Cowan||
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