[Patch]: Changes to how-programming.texinfo

Max Kaehn slothman@electric-cloud.com
Fri Jul 15 18:53:00 GMT 2005

On Fri, 2005-07-15 at 14:30 -0400, Christopher Faylor wrote:
> IMO, if we need additional wording about licensing, it should reference
> the web site.

I'm concerned about that FAQ entry giving incomplete information--
it's very clear about the default case of the GPL, but it doesn't
mention the exceptions in the Cygwin license.  Would this work?
Before you begin, note that Cygwin is licensed under the GNU GPL (as
indeed are all other Cygwin-based libraries). That means that if your
code links against the cygwin dll (and if your program is calling
functions from Cygwin, it must, as a matter of fact, be linked against
it), you must apply the GPL to your source as well. Of course, this only
matters if you plan to distribute your program in binary form. For more
information on the GPL, see http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html.  For
details of Cygwin licensing and exceptions to the GPL requirement,
see http://cygwin.com/licensing.html.  If licensing is not a problem,
read on.
I'll compose that into a proper patch if the gurus on cygwin-patches

More information about the Cygwin-patches mailing list