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Re: libapt-pkg for commercial use

On Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 11:20, Goswin von Brederlow <goswin-v-b@web.de> wrote:
> Why isn't libapt LGPL?

Why not GPL? We do not really gain anything by making it LGPL and
the FSF actively advocates to not use the LGPL if you can [0].
And even if LGPL (or anything else) would be a great:
You are at least fourteen years to late for that as it's unlikely you
will be able to hunt down every copyright holder now…

[0] http://www.gnu.org/licenses/why-not-lgpl.html

Beside that it is not even completely clear if GPL really forbids
linking against proprietary software in any case, given that it can
be kind of a stretch to say that linking is derived work. [1]
And libapt has quiet a few text-interfaces (acquire, resolver, …)
so certain parts can be proprietary without linking…

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GPL#Linking_and_derived_works

Sidenote: libdpkg is GPL, too, as far as i can see.

Best regards

David Kalnischkies

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