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Re: [Jim Meyering] Re: [Bug-gnulib] strftime merge from Emacs

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: [Jim Meyering] Re: [Bug-gnulib] strftime merge from Emacs
Date: Sun, 08 Jun 2003 20:21:24 -0400

    I believe it's a poor name because Microsoft pretends to have the trademark
    on "Windows" in the US and is sueing other companies for this reason.

Trademark law has nothing to do with symbol names used inside a program.
You can talk about "Microsoft Windows" however you like in a book;
you don't need permission.

    Therefore my preference is to use the compiler-defined macros
    (defined _WIN32 || defined __WIN32__), for which one cannot be sued,

In hacker terminology, calling something a "win" is a form of praise.
If you wish to praise Microsoft Windows, you're free to do so; but if you
don't, then you might want to think twice about using the term "win32".
In any case, don't use it in GNU software.

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