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Ok, not a programming question, but can someone please explain to me (and others who are too embarrased to ask) what the Open Source (or GNU) License means in ENGLISH so that I can figure out if I can use this without having a bunch of lawyers and developers with pitchforks coming after me..
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There are loads of diffrent Open source licenses out there, but the GNU ones essentially say this:
GPL (General Public License): You can use this software, modify it, sell it or what ever you want, as long as you make the source code of your modification freely available and license it under the same license.
LGPL (Lesser GPL): You can use or modify this software and incorporate it in your own code, as long as you make the source code for this software (and any modifications to this software) freely available and licensed under the LGPL.
The LGPL is usually used for libraries which may be used inside proprietary code (but the LGPL'ed code must remain open source). The GPL prohibits any software using the code to be anything other than GPL'ed (ie. no use for proprietary software).
This is the jist of the licences as far as I am aware.
 
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