[Mono-list] Mono GUI toolkits

Madars Vitolins madars.vitolins at gmail.com
Mon May 11 14:08:38 UTC 2015

LGPL is less restrictive than GPL. It allows you to link your software 
against shared libraries (in this case GTK) and not to publish your 
source code. When you distribute your software, you may include copy of 
GTK binary libraries installer and it's source code.


On 11/05/15 16:45, Edward Ned Harvey (mono) wrote:
>> From: mono-list-bounces at lists.ximian.com [mailto:mono-list-
>> bounces at lists.ximian.com] On Behalf Of Elmar Haneke
>> Gtk is an multi-platform-toolkit, you can use it on all important
>> Desktop systems: Windows, MacOS and Linux.
>> The only problem is
> ... Let me stop you right there. Because to me, the only problem is the fact that GTK is not natively included with either windows, mac, or mobile OSes, and due to LGPL, it's very unclear if you can legally bundle it with your application.
> GTK is LGPL, not GPL. But you need a lawyer to understand if that's ok for you, because the GPL itself is one long-ass license, and the "Lesser" part almost doubles its length. It's not an attractive license, like MIT.
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