licenses (was Re: riakkit, a python riak object mapper, has hit beta!(

Shuhao Wu admin at
Fri Mar 2 12:08:57 EST 2012

It's asking them to use GPL, which is even more restrictive, but a better
move for general open source.

LGPL is what I feel like the best for this library, as I want a copyleft


On Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 5:24 AM, Andrey V. Martyanov <realduke at>wrote:

> Hi Justin,
> Sorry for the late response, I didn't  see your message! In fact, I know
> the differences between the two. But, what is the profit of using it? Why
> don't just use BSD, for example, like many open source projects do. The
> biggest minus of LGPL is that many people think that it's the same as GPL
> and have problems understanding it. Even your think that I don't know the
> difference! :) Why? Because, it's a common practice. A lot of people really
> don't know the difference. That's why I said before that (L)GPL is
> overcomplicated. If you open the LGPL main page [1], first thing you will
> see is "Why you shouldn't use the Lesser GPL for your next library". Is it
> normal? It confuses people. There are a lot of profit in pulling back the
> changes you've made - a lot of people see it, fix it, comment it, improve
> it and so on. Why the license forces me to to that? It shouldn't.
> [1]
> Best regards,
> Andrey Martyanov
> On Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 8:29 AM, Justin Sheehy <justin at> wrote:
>> Hi, Andrey.
>> On Mar 1, 2012, at 10:18 PM, "Andrey V. Martyanov" <realduke at>
>> wrote:
>> > Sorry for GPL, it's a typo. I just don't like GPL-based licenses,
>> including LGPL. I think it's overcomplicated.
>> You are of course free to dislike anything you wish, but it is worth
>> mentioning that GPL and LGPL are very different licenses; the LGPL is
>> missing infectious aspects of the GPL.
>> There are many projects which could not use GPL code compatibly with
>> their preferred license but which can safely use LGPL code.
>> Justin
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