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It also provides other free software developers Less
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ordinary General Public License for many libraries.
However, the Lesser license provides advantages in
certain special circumstances.
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special need to encourage the widest possible use
of acertain library, so that it becomes ade-facto
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be allowed to use the library. A more frequent case is
that afree library does the same job as widely used
non-free libraries. In this case, there is little to gain
by limiting the free library to free software only, so
we use the Lesser General Public License.
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in non-free programs enables a greater number
of people to use a large body of free software. For
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non-free programs enables many more people to.
use the whole GNU operating system, as well as Its
variant, the GNUILinux operating system.
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without limitation in the term "modification".)
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of the work for making modifications to it. For a
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