kdelibs and the GPL

Michael Matz matz at kde.org
Wed Jun 19 11:10:17 BST 2002


On Wed, 19 Jun 2002, Rolf Magnus wrote:

> > > Library GPL is the old term. Now LGPL means Lesser GPL. So please revert
> > > those changes.
> >
> > We intentionaly chose LGPL in order to attract also developers of
> > proprietary applications in order to gain applications which integrate well
> > in KDE. IMHO "Lesser" is more a political statement than a technical term.
> It's a fact that the license was officially renamed to "Lesser" GPL, and so
> there cannot be any discussion about how we name it. It's not about technical
> vs. political, but wrong vs. correct.

This is nonsense.  LGPL v2 was and still is, the Library GPL.  LGPL v2.1
is the Lesser GPL (and that is the only real change compared to v2).  So
both are correct.  The use fully depends on the copyright holder, if he
wants to use LGPL v2 or v2.1.


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