LGPL is for libraries not GPL

DJ Delorie dj@delorie.com
Wed Mar 1 10:55:00 GMT 2000

> Why doesn't Cygwin use the LGPL?  cygwin.dll is a library.  LGPL is
> for libraries.  GPL is for programs.  cygwin.dll is the type of
> thing that the LGPL was created for.

We don't use it because the LGPL isn't "for libraries".  It's called
the "Lesser GPL" and it's for people who want less protection than the
GPL provides.  We don't.

Never use the LGPL for *anything* unless you really understand the
differences between the GPL and the LGPL, and you really do want those

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