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  • The GNU Lesser General Public License is a free software license published by the Free Software Foundation. The license allows developers and companies to use and integrate LGPL software into their own software without being required by the terms of a strong copyleft license to release the source code of their own software-parts. The license requires that only the LGPL software-parts be modifiable by end-users via source code availability. For proprietary software, LGPL-parts are usually in the form of a shared library such as a DLL so that there is a clear separation between the proprietary and LGPL parts. The LGPL is primarily used for software libraries, although it is also used by some stand-alone applications. The LGPL was developed as a compromise between the strong copyleft of the GNU General Public License and more permissive licenses such as the BSD licenses and the MIT License. The word "Lesser" in the title shows that the LGPL does not guarantee the end user's complete freedom in the use of software: it only guarantees the freedom of modification for the LGPL-parts, but not for any proprietary software-parts.

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