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Re: cygwin license


[ To CGF: In partial fulfillment of my assigned penance for suggesting I would cease to use Cygwin in favor of Linux because of my fear of MS spy-ware. ]

At 04:44 2003-04-02, you wrote:
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I'm intending to do a similar thing - to make a CD with some Cygwin programs and libraries and some other (proprietary) programs NOT linked to the Cygwin libraries. The sources for all the Cygwin programs and libraries will be on the same CD.

Conventional, non-legalistic wisdom is that this would be an acceptable discharging of the GPL requirements to provide all sources necessary to rebuild programs that include GPL-ed content.

I thought that this satisfy the GPL and I don't have to have a license from Red Hat. Please confirm or correct me.

- I do not work for and cannot speak for Redhat
- I am not a lawyer
- Pointing to this mail will not serve as a defense if following this so-called advice gets you in trouble.

You may safely ignore me.

I will leave it to others to comment on the technical merits of using Cygwin without its intended installation and setup procedures.


Randall Schulz

Appendix - detailed description of the software distributed
- -----------------------------------------------------------

This distribution is of the SSH client. Only the following executable
are needed: ssh.exe cygwin1.dll cygz.dll cygcrypto-0.9.7.dll.
If rxvt window is preferred (easier support for Hebrew font and other
niceties) then rxvt.exe and libW11.dll are also needed. NO registry
setting or special directories (like /tmp or /etc) are needed.

On the CD I put the following sources: cygwin-1.3.22-1-src.tar.bz2
openssh-3.6.1p1-1-src.tar.bz2 openssl-0.9.7a-3-src.tar.bz2
rxvt-2.7.10-2-src.tar.bz2 zlib-1.1.4-1-src.tar.bz2 .

The running batch file is:

set PATH=c:\tty\cygwin\bin
set HOME=/cygdrive/c/tty

cd \tty\cygwin\bin
rxvt -fn "-*-Web Hebrew Monospace-normal-r-*-*-15-*-*-*-c-*-iso8859-1"
- -geometry 120x46+0+0 -bg "navyblue" -fg "yellow" -sl 350 -e ssh -v %1

Of course the rxvt command is on one line. There is a config file in the $HOME/.ssh that has all the targets.

- -- Ehud Karni

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