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Version 2.1, February 1999

Copyright (C) 1991, 1999 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA
Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies
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[This is the first released version of the Lesser GPL. It also counts as thesuccessor of the GNU Library Public License, version 2, hence the version number 2.1.]


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