Re: Move to LGPL3

Hubert Figuiere wrote:
On Tue, 2008-03-18 at 16:03 -0700, Brian J. Tarricone wrote:
"You may opt to apply the terms of the ordinary GNU General Public License instead of this License to a given copy of the Library. [...] (If a newer version than version 2 of the ordinary GNU General Public License has appeared, then you can specify that version instead if you wish.)"

Personally I think this clause is kinda ridiculous, but it's there, nonetheless.

It is there because implicitely LGPL code linked with GPL code becomes
GPL as a whole[1], just because LGPL allow setting restriction that the
GPL does not allow (hence the "Lesser-" part in the name).

Similarly how the v2+ is compatible with v3+ via the upgrade part of the


[1] Where are talking about a whole software as it is being

Getting a little OT, but... the issue I have is that, unless I'm reading it wrong, if I release something under LGPLv2.1-only (i.e., NO "or any later version" wording), then someone can still relicense my code under GPLv3, or even GPLv2-or-later. (But, strangely, one couldn't relicense as LGPLv3.) I'm not terribly concerned about being able to relicense LGPL to GPL *of the same version*, but discarding my wishes to stay with the same (L)GPL version is not ok (to me, anyway).


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