Subject: Re: Fwd: study of GNU GPL vs MS EULA
From: John Cowan <cowan@mercury.ccil.org>
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.

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