Re: [Fwd: New Bitstream technology comes to Linux and Desktop/LX]
On Mon, Jun 14, 2004 at 08:16:40PM +0100, Roger Leigh wrote:
> > Point the second: There seems to be an ever accelerating interest
> > in the proprietary section toward incorporating free/open source
> > software into "hybrid" environments. This has a double implication
> > for me - (1) Proprietary vendors wanting to incorporate FOSS to
> > extend and enhance marketability of their product/s.
> I'm unhappy that a Linux vendor is putting nonfree software at the
> core of their distribution. However, won't this library be
> impossible to link with [L]GPL code, making it illegal to distribute
> software built against it, such as libpango and the whole of GNOME
> and KDE?
You are right, except for the "this library" bit. It's likely a module
for the XFree4 X-Server. That means the client sends an X-request (via
pango or something else) to the X-Server and the module handles it.
There's no linking. It's just a client using a server, and that's not
covered by the GPL.