[fpc-devel] LGPL vs BSD

Marco van de Voort marcov at stack.nl
Fri Aug 4 22:38:02 CEST 2006

> Graeme Geldenhuys wrote:
> I don't think that it's that hard assuming you want to release sources :)
> - commercial libraries get a dual license: gpl and proprietary (you can
> develop non gpl software if you pay). This works, see e.g. Qt, MySQL etc.

IMHO it doesn't work. Both only succeeded because they had some buzz, not
because of their licensing. It is more that they survived DESPITE their
licensing. See e.g. we never seriously made a lot of work about adopting

> - community projects are GPL or LGPL depending if they are libraries or
> programs
> - code developed by public funds (academic etc.) gets BSD

I think all code that is not really in danger of hostile takeover can better
be BSD. The extra protection of (L)GPL is not going deliver anything, and
maybe the looser licensing yield some extra contributors.

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