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Advogato: A tale of two licences

Jan 17, 2002, 01:28 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by niksilver)
"This is the tale of how two software projects with different free licences learned to live happily together. It covers the different commercial reasons why Jtrix chose the LGPL and Mckoi chose the GPL, the pluses and minuses of each, and how they can interoperate without compromising principles or commercials.

... The technical developmental details are outside the scope of this article and our discussions. But Toby and I easily reached a good understanding on the licencing issues. The most important point, which doesn't usually come up in (L)GPL discussions is that the platform is completely independent of what code runs on it. For example, it's fine to run GPL code on the proprietary Windows platform, just as it's possible to run a the proprietary Oracle on the GPL GNU/Linux platform. In our case, it's okay to run a GPL application on the LGPL Jtrix platform. The platform does not rely on the application to work and is distributed separately. Personally, this gave me a whole new respect for the GPL and further demonstrated its author's intentions."

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