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Linux and the Licensing Two-Step

Sep 29, 2009, 15:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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"When you write applications for Linux, there are two licenses you should be aware of:

* The GNU General Public License (GPL), which governs many Linux programs including the Linux kernel and the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC).
* The GNU Library General Public License (LGPL), which covers many Linux libraries.

"The following is an overview of these licenses and some suggestions on how to meet their requirements. Keep in mind, however, that this is no substitute for legal advice. For that, you should first read the full text of these licenses in the text files on your Linux system, then show them to your legal counsel for a full interpretation and an assessment of how they apply to your business."

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