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Re: license issue: calling a GPLv2 library

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: license issue: calling a GPLv2 library
Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2006 17:29:32 +0200
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"Alfred M. Szmidt" <> writes:

>    You can run Windows programs under Wine if you want to.  MS
>    Windows is not required.  And the executable of a Windows program
>    never gets linked with Windows: there is no address resolution
>    done, and Windows never becomes part of the executable.
> Headers might be included that contain MS Windows code.

It's not "MS Windows code" but rather the development libraries and
headers.  And yes, if you purchase said development tools, they are
accompanied by an explicit license permitting that.

> As for the linking, didn't know that... Thought it worked in a
> similar way to shared ELFs.

Depends on whether one is talking about system calls or library calls.
You are right that on Windows the boundaries are quite more muddled
than on other systems.  Anyway, the development tools/stubs/headers
come with explicit permission to license the resulting works.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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