[Patch]: Changes to how-programming.texinfo

Christopher Faylor cgf-no-personal-reply-please@cygwin.com
Fri Jul 15 19:08:00 GMT 2005

On Fri, Jul 15, 2005 at 11:53:22AM -0700, Max Kaehn wrote:
>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

And, I'm always concerned about people who can't find any information unless
it is in in the FAQ.

>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?

I'd rather not refer to this as "exceptions to the GPL requirement".  I
think that something along the lines of:

  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), and you are distributing binaries, the GPL, in general, applies to
  your source as well.  See http://cygwin.com/licensing.html for more
  details about the GPL and Cygwin's use of it.

would be preferable.  I'd like to get Corinna's take on this, however,
and that won't be happening for a week or so.


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