LGPL - A change on the way (Groklaw)
Posted Jul 14, 2006 1:38 UTC (Fri) by Richard_J_Neill
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I think it's meant to work sort of that way. Basically, the LGPL was originally termed the "library GPL" (iirc), with the intent being to allow proprietary code to link with an LGPL library. This is sensible for glibc, but not really for much else. When the "library" GPL was renamed the "lesser" GPL, it was to help clear up this confusion.
So, in part, the idea of LGPL->GPL is exactly that: to encourage everyone to move to the GPL, even for libraries - and to correct a historic mistake.
It's no different to taking some BSD or public domain code, modifying it, and putting the whole thing under GPL.
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