[linux-elitists] (from Pigdog) Feuerstein on Oracle
Paul J Collins
Thu Oct 26 13:22:43 PDT 2000
>>>>> "AS" == Adam Sampson <email@example.com> writes:
AS> On Tue, Oct 24, 2000 at 02:25:02PM -0700, Heather wrote:
>> I have been starting to see apps on winfiles.com mention that they are
>> under GPL. Now some of them are folks who really program in both worlds,
>> but I think that someone who claims they are "GPL'ing" their VB app is
>> stepping in waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay deeper doo-doo than QT and te K gang
AS> I think they can get away with this under the system libraries exception:
AS> | However, as a special exception, the source code distributed need not
AS> | include anything that is normally distributed (in either source or binary
AS> | form) with the major components (compiler, kernel, and so on) of the
AS> | operating system on which the executable runs, unless that component
AS> | itself accompanies the executable.
AS> Even if they haven't explicitly allowed linking to Windows
AS> libraries, which some authors are now doing.
The problem is this: which libraries on Windows are ``system
One example: a default install of Nt 4 Workstation included IE version
2. Installing Service Pack 4 or above recommends installation of IE
4.01SP2 or above, which installs a whole bunch of things, including a
HTML parser and a rendering engine.
Are the parser and rendering engine DLLs system libraries? If you
accept that IE is ``part of Windows'', I guess so. Otherwise no.
AS> Adam Sampson
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