Re: Generating VST headers
- VST 2.4 SDK was released in the beginning of 2006. It's being
distributed "freely subject to certain licensing conditions".
I don't think it's a big step from there to making it free software
- Long-term solution means exactly that: long-term. Steinberg changed
ownership in two years. It could happen again.
Perhaps, but if only one version of the SDK is out there under a free
licence then we'd be a lot further along than where we are today.
So I think it would be in Steinberg's interest to solve the licence
problem (given that it will want to maintain the hegemony of the VST
I think that would be in Free Software's interest. Releasing the VST API
is like releasing the Servlets API, building a SDK from the headers
becomes feasible. Who would need Steinberg's products then?
I don't think proprietary VST development is threatened by the existence
of free software implementations; in fact, it helps ensure the continued
dominance of the format (this is what I mean by hegemony) at the expense
of both rival proprietary formats and emerging free software formats
such as LV2. Remember Steinberg sells end-user proprietary applications,
On the other hand, if Yamaha really is Free Software friendly (not just
Linux friendly, commercial applications don't have our problem)
They do if they want to link to any GPL'd code, which I think is
difficult to avoid in practice if you're building a product around the
Linux kernel (and that's just as well).