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From: Jacques Garrigue <garrigue@k...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] CDK license
> I notice that the CDK license is GPL, rather than LGPL. I've read the 
> discussions of GPL vs LGPL, and I'm not unsympathetic to the Free 
> Software cause, but (speaking for myself here) as a commercial OCaml user 
> I won't be able to use the CDK for this reason. So, for instance, I'll end
> up grabbing lablgtk and PCRE directly from the source where their authors
> chose to release it under LGPL, rather than using the CDK.

On the same line of thought, the ocaml compiler is released under the
QPL, which is not compatible with the GPL.
This means that you cannot build a toplevel including any library
under the GPL, since it would be in contradiction with either of the
two licenses.
At the very least, it seems necessary to add a clause to the GPL,
saying that linking to QPLed libraries is allowed, just as RMS himself
suggested for KDE software.

Another remark is that lablgtk-1.2.0 contains a COPYING file, saying
that the library itself is LGPL, examples are more or less public
domain, and applications are _not_ open source. Claiming that all this
is GPL is clearly wrong. This COPYING is not there, and no README file
either, which is the only documentation for lablgtk :-)

(This is not a rant: I am the one who didn't check)

Best regards,

Jacques Garrigue
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