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The guile _sources_ can be distributed on LGPL; but The Guile distribution terms are not the LGPL. They DO permit linking Guile into non-free programs, but this is implemented with different language, not with the LGPL. We did this for a specific strategic goal, to compete with TCL. Readline is a different matter. Readline is released under the GPL, pure and simple. So linking Readline into a non-free program is not allowed. Our position is that it makes no difference whether linking is static or dynamic. The consequences of this are simple: people can use Guile in non-free programs, but they cannot use Readline in non-free programs. The messages I received don't clearly lay out what practical question is being considered, or what the alternatives are. So I can't speak to that.