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Re: Question about Cygwin License

> * In message <>
> * On the subject of "Re: Question about Cygwin License"
> * Sent on Fri, 20 Jun 2003 00:13:16 +0200
> * Honorable Marcel Telka <> writes:
> On Thu, Jun 19, 2003 at 05:51:44PM -0400, Cary Lewis wrote:
> > I want to use cygwin with a proprietary system. 
> > 
> > As I do not want to publish my source code, I know I need a "breakout"
> > license from RedHat.
> > 
> > I am not changing cygwin, I am simply using the cygwin.dll to get a Unix 
> > based system to run under Windows.
> Cite from GNU GPL <>:
> Activities other than copying, distribution and modification are not
> covered by this License; they are outside its scope. The act of
> running the Program is not restricted, and the output from the Program
> is covered only if its contents constitute a work based on the Program
> (independent of having been made by running the Program). Whether that
> is true depends on what the Program does.

linking against a GNU GPL (not LGPL!) library makes your program GPL,
even if the library is dynamic (DLL).


therefore, if you distribute a program which relies on cygwin.dll
(which, IIUC, is released under the GNU GPL), you have to either
release the source code under GNU GPL, or buy a different license from
the (C) holder (RedHat).


Sam Steingold ( running RedHat9 GNU/Linux
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