On Thursday 01 Jan 2009 9:14:49 am Praveen A wrote:
> 2008/12/31 Kenneth Gonsalves <lawgon@au-k...>:
> > anyway, one good thing is that I have now learned the difference between
> > GPL and LGPL (I was under the impression that LGPL meant Lesser GPL -
> > something that is not so strict as GPL). I was vaguely contemplating
> > switching from wxPython to pyQT - now I realise how dangerous that is.
> > Lesson: before using a library, make sure it is not under GPL.
> ... if you plan not to use GPL for your code.
> "Proprietary software developers have the advantage of money; free
> software developers need to make advantages for each other. Using the
> ordinary GPL for a library gives free software developers an advantage
> over proprietary developers: a library that they can use, while
> proprietary developers cannot use it."
according to this, the whole idea of licensing libraries under GPL instead of
LGPL is to *prevent* those libraries from being used for proprietary software
and *force* the programmers to write free software. Is this what is happening
here? These people are enjoying the best of both worlds - a great con.