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support gif => non-free ?

On Thu, Sep 10, 1998 at 12:25:46AM +0000, Joseph Carter wrote:
> pgp is non-free
> ssh is non-free

non-US really :)

> anything supporting gif files is non-free
> netscape is non-free (mozilla may be too--supports gif files)

AFAIK, problem with gifs is patent to LZW compession.
But gzip support unpacking of LZW-compressed files (*.Z).
And I read somewhere (don't remember where) that unpacking of LZW
is free, only creation not.  So program which only reads GIF's,
not create them, can be in main.
Please correct me if I wrong.


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