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  • The GNU Lesser General Public License or LGPL is a free software license published by the Free Software Foundation. The LGPL allows developers and companies to use and integrate LGPL software into their own software without being required to release the source code of their own software-parts. Merely the LGPL software-parts need to be modifiable by end-users: therefore, in the case of proprietary software, the LGPL-parts are usually used in the form of a shared library, so that there is a clear separation between the proprietary parts and open source LGPL parts. The LGPL was thus developed as a compromise between the strong copyleft of the GNU General Public License or GPL and permissive licenses such as the BSD licenses and the MIT License. The word "Lesser" in the title of the license is used to show that the LGPL cannot guarantee 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. The GNU Library General Public License was first published in 1991, and adopted the version number 2 for parity with GPL version 2. The LGPL was revised in minor ways in the 2.1 point release, published in 1999, when it was renamed the GNU Lesser General Public License to reflect the FSF's position that not all libraries should use it. Version 3 of the LGPL was published in 2007 as a list of additional permissions applied to GPL version 3. Wikipedia

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