Iain Duncan iainduncanlists at gmail.com
Tue Nov 15 02:57:19 UTC 2011

Harry has a good point. If Dave had solicited opinions on it, I wouldn't
have dreamed of asking! I'd just assume you chose GPL for your reasons and
that they should be respected. =)


On Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 6:10 PM, Harry van Haaren <harryhaaren at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 4:38 PM, David Robillard <d at drobilla.net> wrote:
>> It never hurts to ask ;)
> Yes I suppose your right. I'll note though, that I'd concider myself
> hesitant to request an author of GPL software to re-license as LGPL. Its
> basically asking "mind if *I* earn money from *your* work?", and that's not
> something that I'd like to promote.
> On the other hand, a LGPL library that would allow easy usage of threads,
> ringbuffers, etc would definatly benefit the project I'm doing.
> Somewhere on the GNU site I read a pretty good paragraph on "choosing the
> right license", and basically it comes down to this:
> if there's a commercial version of library X available, and an LGPL
> alternative of X appears, it will promote the use of open libraries, and
> hopefully the use of the library will improve it.
> If an GPL version appears, it will be used in open-source software, but
> most likely never be used in commercial / closed software solutions, and
> hence its "publicity" and user-base will be smaller...
> (Overcame my dose of laziness:
> http://www.gnu.org/licenses/why-not-lgpl.html )
> End of the day, I think respect for the authors work is the most important
> thing, and I'd personally be slightly agitated if somebody emailed "Hey can
> I take your efforts and make money without promising anything back?" as it
> would imply that they don't want to respect the license that I'd chosen for
> the efforts I'd done.
> Rant over I think :) -Harry
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