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Re: GNU Win32? Not anymore.



On Thu, 10 Jul 1997, Jim Pick wrote:

> 
> Shaya Potter wrote:
> > i.e. if they say the software is LGPL'd for normal
> > use, but if the use is deemed to be in competition with them, than they
> > are operating under the GPL.  Is that legal?
> 
> They don't say that the software will be LPGL'd for normal use -
> future releases will be under the "Cygwin32 License".
> 
> Here's an excerpt from their license at:
> http://www.cygnus.com/misc/gnu-win32/cygwin32-license-1.0.html
> 
> | 2.2. RUN TIME LIBRARY LICENSE FOR NON-CYGNUS PRODUCTS
> |
> | [You can use "cygwin.dll" with software you develop provided you are not 
> | an embedded systems developer or a
> | compiler developer.] 
> | 
> | Provided 
> |
> |      you are not an Embedded Systems Software Company, and 
> |      you do not reproduce and/or distribute the Cygwin32_DLL for or 
> |      on behalf of an Embedded_Systems_Software_Company, and 
> | you do not reproduce and/or distribute the Cygwin32_DLL as part 
> | of a Compiler_Suite, 
> |
> | then you may reproduce and/or distribute the Cygwin32_DLL for use with 
> | non-GNUPro_Toolkit software. 
Yes, but libcygwin.a is free for whatever you want to do with it.
> 
> Frankly - it's a bit clearer about what you can do with it than 
> releasing it under the GPL (since it's a library).  That's good.
> 
> But it's just another example of a potentially really good Free 
> Software project going private.  It's also a bit disturbing that
> they prefer to issue a license like this, when they are such large
> contributors to the GNU toolset.  
> 
> I always thought that their primary distinction as a company was that 
> they were the "most successful free software company".  Oh well, I 
> wasn't planning to buy into their upcoming IPO anyways...  :-)
> 
> Cheers,
> 
>  - Jim
> 
> 
> 


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