Python is better than free (was Re: GNU wars again)

Magnus Lie Hetland mlh at idi.ntnu.no
Fri Oct 5 00:12:54 CEST 2001


> Cliff Wells <logiplexsoftware at earthlink.net> writes:
[snip]
> This may be off topic but what does it mean to release a python
module/package
> under LGPL?
>
> An import is not a linking ... so does it mean I can't use it in a
commercial
> product? I'd like to think I could use it if I released any changes I made
to
> the module/package - but I don't think thats the case.

Hardly... Placing the line

  import some_gnu_module

in your own code wouldn't have anything to do with the license of
some_gnu_module
at all. As long as you are allowed to distribute some_gnu_module (separately
from your software, as it will be unless you cut-and-paste it into your
code) there shouldn't be any problem. It's like if I did

  os.system('some_gnu_program')

Certainly that wouldn't infect my program with a gnu license...

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  Magnus Lie Hetland         http://www.hetland.org

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