[Numpy-discussion] Solaris Sparc build broken

Robert Kern robert.kern at gmail.com
Thu Nov 19 00:47:25 EST 2009

On Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 22:52, David Cournapeau
<david at ar.media.kyoto-u.ac.jp> wrote:
> René Dudfield wrote:
>> pygame is also LGPL... as are a number of other libraries.  (pyqt is GPL btw).
>> LGPL basically means you can link to the library source, but if you
>> make changes to the library you should give them back.  Users should
>> also be able to change the library if they want... either through
>> source or relinking.
> It is far from being that simple, because the notion on whether you are
> allowed to use the library with proprietary software is based on
> derivative work, not "link to the library source". For compiled code, it
> is generally admitted that if you use the library as a shared library
> (dynamic linking), the program you link to is not derivative, and hence
> can be any license you want.

Not at all. The FSF and a large proportion of GPL users claim otherwise.

Robert Kern

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enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as
though it had an underlying truth."
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