[Haskell-cafe] Re: Hmm, what license to use?

Don Stewart dons at galois.com
Tue Sep 30 23:13:15 EDT 2008

> On Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 8:54 PM, Stefan Monnier
> <monnier at iro.umontreal.ca> wrote:
> >> That still leaves anyone free to use LGPL if they want to, but please
> >> don't assume that it allows commercial use by all potential users.
> >
> > It *does* allow commercial use.  Your example just shows that some
> > people may decide not to take advantage of it, based not on problematic
> > restrictions but just on paranoia.
> I was confused and worried about this subject lately, too; at some
> point in the future, I may want to ship closed-source commercial
> software that uses various LGPL libraries. But it doesn't seem to be
> as big a problem as I imagined. My understanding is that I can satisfy
> the requirements of the LGPL by dynamically linking, and that's
> already happening. Is there something else to worry about? I'd be in
> violation if I shipped something statically linked, but cabal doesn't
> seem inclined to do that by default.

And, importantly, the vast, vast majority of Haskell code is BSD
licensed, and the licenses are prominently displayed.

-- Don

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