Using Cygnus tools to deliver closed software.

DJ Delorie
Wed Mar 17 10:36:00 GMT 1999

> If you really want to use the Cygnus compiler and Gnu POSIX
> libraries to produce closed software, why not simply use the Cygnus
> compiler on Linux?

Because that won't result in programs that run under Windows, which is
often (sadly) a key marketing point.

It's not the *use* of gnu tools that causes the problems.  It's the
fact that a program built *for* cygwin *includes* GPL'd cygwin sources
(see other debate for more info :).  Programs built for Linux don't
include any gnu code (libc is a shared library), and they made it very
clear that they don't intend that the LGPL on libc.a infect binaries
using it as a shared library.  If you link a Linux program statically,
then you'll have the same problem with Linux as you do with Cygwin.

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