[svlug] Re: [LeapList] FYI, the Open Group has released Motif source for Open Source use ...

Mark W. Alexander mwa at gate.net
Tue May 16 15:04:08 PDT 2000

lesstif is under the LGPL. You can link against it without
exposing yourself to GPL restrictions. This allows lesstif
to be used in place of Motif in commercial applications.
If lesstif where GPL, commercial Motif applications 
could not (maybe, I doubt if it's been tested) legally
dynamically link with it.

With it LGPL'ed, it's a drop in replacement for "most"
Motif functionality. I also just noticed that they
have added 2 widget sets with the distribution, 
which I'm guessing are not in Motif.

This will allow porting of alot of stuff to Linux/BSD
that people were unwilling to pay for. Not that the 
programs are commercial, but they require Motif that
is/was/might not be (I haven't looked at the license
yet...It looked like it's free for free projects ala

Mark Alexander
mwa at gate.net

On Tue, 16 May 2000, Bryan Smith wrote:

> Date: Tue, 16 May 2000 13:37:48 -0400
> From: Bryan Smith <bryan at theseus.com>
> Reply-To: leaplist at lists.leap-cf.org
> To: elug-eluglist at elug.org, leaplist at lists.leap-cf.org, svlug at svlug.org
> Subject: [LeapList] FYI,
>      the Open Group has released Motif source for Open Source use ...
> FYI, the Open Group has released Motif source for Open Source use ...
> Kinda half-@$$ and benefit-debatable, but still a nice gesture (albeit *LATE*). 
> Not sure where this places Lesstif, but I assume Lesstif is still the endgame
> since it provides for a unrestricted distribution (even with commercial
>    http://www.opengroup.org/openmotif/
> BTW, is Lesstif BSD or GPL licensed?
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