Does GPL apply without Cygwin stub? [long and off-topic] (was Re: [ANN] Cygwin DEV survey)

Chris Faylor
Sun Mar 7 18:06:00 GMT 1999

On Sun, Mar 07, 1999 at 08:14:22PM -0500, Tripp Lilley wrote:
>On Sun, 7 Mar 1999, Chris Faylor wrote:
>> If a program is built using the cygwin stub library (-lcygwin) it *must*
>> be GPLed.  This is not an optional thing.  It's a legal requirement.
>If the program is not built using the cygwin stub, but /does/ link to the
>DLL using the OS' dynamic linking facility, does it still have to be
>distributed under the GPL?

I am not an expert but I believe that if you avoid using libcygwin.a and
(more importantly) crt0.o then you'd probably be safe.


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