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RE: About Cygwin license
- From: <kevin dot lawton at bt dot com>
- To: <cygwin at cygwin dot com>
- Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2003 15:26:45 -0000
- Subject: RE: About Cygwin license
What's with all the 'ANAL' acronyms - 'IANAL' (maybe so) and 'YANALATEYHSMBSI' - and why would one need a lawyer because of them ? Okay, asking this might be just as 'off topic' in itself as using them is - but what the hell are you on about ?
Some of us are just humble cygwinners, you know, and have not yet aspired to the dizzy heights of mind reading and acronym translation which you seem to require. I think I'll retire to the safety of Bochs for now. . .
| -----Original Message-----
| From: firstname.lastname@example.org
| [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf
| Of Igor Pechtchanski
| Sent: 11 December 2003 15:08
| To: Hughes, Bill
| Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org
| Subject: RE: About Cygwin license
| On Thu, 11 Dec 2003, Hughes, Bill wrote:
| > Sent: 11 December 2003 14:28 From: Igor Pechtchanski
| > > Common sense dictates that socket connections cannot be
| thought of as
| > > "linking" (which is what the GPL covers). After all,
| connecting with a
| > > proprietary ssh client to a GPL'd ssh daemon on Linux
| doesn't make the
| > > client GPL'd (AFAIK). Now, if your program is actually
| linked to some of
| > > PostgreSQL DLLs, that's a whole different story...
| > Isn't PostgreSQL under a BSD license anyway so that
| wouldn't be a worry
| > either...
| > unless this is a Cygwin dll for PostgreSQL?
| With the disclaimer (which you snipped) that IANAL, and any
| opinion you'll
| get is a personal one:
| The GPL is viral, i.e., anything linked (even dynamically) to a GPL'd
| library is itself GPL'd, *except* when the software so linked is
| distributed under an open-source license. Transitive linking is still
| linking, AFAIK. So, linking with cygwin1.dll doesn't make PostgreSQL
| GPL'd, as BSD is an accepted open-source license. But any proprietary
| software linked to PostgreSQL (and, transitively, to
| cygwin1.dll) *will*,
| IMO, become GPL'd. Again, YANALATEYHSMBSI. Please consult a lawyer.
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