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The GNU Lesser General Public License (formerly the GNU Library General Public License) or LGPL is a free software license published by the Free Software Foundation (FSF). It was designed as a compromise between the strong-copyleft GNU General Public License or GPL and permissive licenses such as the BSD licenses and the MIT License. The GNU Library General Public License (as the LGPL was originally named) was published in 1991, and was the version number 2 for parity with GPL version 2. The LGPL was revised in minor ways in the 2.1 point release, published in 1999, when it was renamed the GNU Lesser General Public License to reflect the FSF's position that not all libraries should use it. Version 3 of the LGPL was published in 2007 as a list of additional permissions applied to GPL version 3. The LGPL places copyleft restrictions on the program itself but does not apply these restrictions to other software that merely links with the program. There are, however, certain other restrictions on this software. The LGPL is primarily used for software libraries, although it is also used by some stand-alone applications, most notably Mozilla and OpenOffice.org and sometimes media as well. (Excerpt from Wikipedia article: GNU Lesser General Public License)

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  • Number of articles referring to 'lgpl': 1 (0.1% of published articles)
  • Total references to 'lgpl' across all Ariadne articles: 6
  • Average number of references to 'lgpl' per Ariadne article: 6.00
  • Earliest Ariadne article referring to 'lgpl': 2005-01
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  1. mike fraser (see articles on this topic by this author)

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Book Review: Understanding Open Source and Free Software Licensing

Mike Fraser asks whether a recent book on open source software licences will help him answer a few questions.

January 2005, issue42, review

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by Dr. Radut