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Re: cygwin license with windows apps?

On Fri, Jun 20, 2003 at 12:35:00PM -0400, Sam Steingold wrote:
>> * In message <>
>> * On the subject of "RE: cygwin license with windows apps?"
>> * Sent on Fri, 20 Jun 2003 12:18:41 -0400
>> * Honorable Cary Lewis <> writes:
>> Why is it that linking to the cygwin.dll makes a program covered by GPL?
>because GPL says so:
>"This General Public License does not permit incorporating your program
>into proprietary programs.  If your program is a subroutine library, you
>may consider it more useful to permit linking proprietary applications
>with the library.  If this is what you want to do, use the GNU Library
>General Public License instead of this License."
>> On Linux systems, does linking to the open source 'C' libraries,
>> etc. cause a program to be covered by the GPL?
>GNU libc (glibc) is under LGPL, not GPL.
>cygwin is undef GPL, not LGPL.
>> I have trouble believing that there are systems out there that use
>> cygwin in a commercial fashion that have not purchased the breakout
>> license.
>"commercial fashion" != "proprietary fashion".
>those who _distribute_ _proprietary_ code linked with cygwin without
>purchasing the breakout license are breaking the law.

It's nice to see that some people get the concept at least.

Thanks Sam and Elfyn.


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