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Re: OT: Two ways Microsoft sabotages Linux desktop adoption



Les Mikesell wrote:
On Thu, 2006-02-16 at 00:31, Ralf Corsepius wrote:


In any case, no corporation is going to use anything which is GPL or
LGPL and risk being taken to court.

They do use it, they just can't distribute it - not even if they
want to give it away.  Which means that the rest of us won't
ever have it.

Wrong. You can dynamically link against LGPL'ed libraries and many
closed source packages, comprising $$$ ones, do.


Yes, but RMS would prefer that the LGPL did not exist.


Tiny, but popular example: RealPlayer (RealPlayer10GOLD.rpm)

ldd usr/local/RealPlayer/realplay.bin
       linux-gate.so.1 =>  (0x00869000)
       libstdc++.so.5 => /usr/lib/libstdc++.so.5 (0x00e97000)


You'll note there's nothing like, say, libreadline in
there.

But I bet they violate LGPL. They have to supply it in a form
which the customer can modify for his own use.

Mike
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