[Ecls-list] Re: License of ECL

Juan Jose Garcia Ripoll jlr at mpq.mpg.de
Sun Aug 8 02:58:03 UTC 2004

Brian Algeri wrote:

> I am thinking that most of my projects will be for personal use
> or released as freeware, so this type of licence I think will cover
> my use.

I do not understand very well the notion of "freeware". Does it mean it 
is free for use, but you do not provide the source code?

> Can I release it as freeware or does it have to be under
> the LGPL? [snip of LGPL licenses: ]
> If you link other code with the library, you must provide complete
> object files to the recipients, so that they can relink them with the
> library after making changes to the library and recompiling it.

Notice that the license forces you to distribute your code _also_ as two 
separate sets of object files: the library that you might or might not 
have extended, and the part corresponding to your program. You do not 
need to provide sources for the last one, I think, and the LGPL does not 
apply to your original work.



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