About Licenses - Was : Re: [fpc-pascal]QT libs

Michael.VanCanneyt at Wisa.be Michael.VanCanneyt at Wisa.be
Wed Apr 17 21:18:45 CEST 2002

On Wed, 17 Apr 2002, Christophe wrote:

> Hello Matt
> >As far as binding the users to the GPL, who cares?  Besides, they would
> only be bound to it if they develop with QT.  If they don't like the GPL
> then they can either make a new lib for it that isn't bound under GPL -or-
> they can simply use GTK.
> >
> I've written an answer to your question because I care about that. The first
> answer was short but you know what it is. Suddenly you realize you wrote
> more than 50 lines. So instead of using hard disk of others I've built a
> simple HTML page with the answer. It explains why I'm not for a systematic
> use of the GPL. Feel free to comment. Maybe here even if it is not maybe the
> better place. Moderators ?

I have read the text; While I don't necessarily agree with all the details,
Let me just point out that the RTL of free pascal is a MODIFIED LGPL, which
explicitly allows using it in closed source projects, i.e. the RTL is open
source, but programs that are constructed with it do not need to be open

We choose for this because we also feel that disallowing closed source is
too restrictive; it is a restriction of freedom, which is so propagated by


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