[plug] Trying to comprehend Open Source speak

Bruce M. Axtens bruce.axtens at gmail.com
Wed Nov 7 15:38:48 WST 2007

The documentation for a SNOBOL-style library at
http://www.dmitry-kazakov.de/match/match.htm says:

"As a special exception, if other files instantiate generics from this unit,
or you link this unit with other files to produce an executable, this unit
does not by itself cause the resulting executable to be covered by the GNU
General Public License. This exception does not however invalidate any other
reasons why the executable file might be covered by the GNU Public License."

What does that mean in the situation where I compile the code into a Windows
DLL and use it in my commercial application? Does it force me to release the
whole of my application under the GPL?

Kind regards,

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