There's an open source license that's right for everybody

by Jason Compton

The selling point of the LGPL (Lesser General Public License) is that it is an open source license that enforces sharing between the original and subsequent developers, but it does not require derivative works to be equally open.

There are literally dozens of open source licenses, and new combinations and permutations of terms and conditions seem to emerge with every new open source initiative. Nevertheless, the Free Software Foundation's General Public License (G

The LGPL is somewhat less demanding of parties that distribute or publish works based on LGPL code. While the GPL requires source code to either accompany the new work or be available for shipment on physical media, the LGPL is often sati

This article was originally published on Monday Dec 4th 2000
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