Why GPL and not LGPL?

Richard B. Kreckel kreckel at thep.physik.uni-mainz.de
Tue Oct 8 15:20:38 CEST 2002

On Mon, 7 Oct 2002, Johannes Strömberg wrote:
> Why is GiNaC released under GPL and not under LGPL since it is a library
> system?

Might there be a misunderstanding?  The initial "L" in LGPL does not stand
for "Library" any more but for "Lesser".  There are Libraries under GPL
(libreadline for instance) and under LGPL and there are non-libraries
licensed under GPL and LGPL.

That said, we had no real choice since we did not want to rewrite all the
numerical code.  It's *very* time costly.  Bruno Haible has worked many
years on CLN and we wanted to use that excellent library.  And CLN is
licensed under GPL.  That settled it.


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Richard B. Kreckel
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