Cygwin license

Steve Morris
Fri Mar 19 08:57:00 GMT 1999

I know I promised to drop out of this thread but I couldn't resist
one last note.

DJ Delorie quotes:
 > > It seems that Micro$oft is here more friendly to the developer than
 > > Cygnus:

Microsoft does not give you the software. GPLed cygwin is a free
sourceware product. Cygnus owns cygwin because they developed it. The
only rights you have to it are the ones that they give you plus the
ones allowed by law (fair use etc.) By releasing it under GPL they
have been quite generous. By bundling it with a lot of other GLPed
software they have been quite helpful. I am a little surprised about
the carping that continues.

How can you possibly compare a free product available in source with
the MS piece of junk that you have to pay too much for.

I have been involved here in arguements about what exactly the GPL
means and how it applies to cygwin and how enforcable its restrictions
might be. I regret my contribution because it muddled the main

You have been given a gift. If you don't like the terms of the gift
don't accept it. Where is the arguement?  You think Cygnus should be
even more generous? Maybe they should pay you to use it? Maybe their
employees should work for you for free; I mean even more than some of
them do already. :->

I suggest that if you don't like the Cygwin distribution requirements
you buy a product you like better.

There is a tendancy to pick on the nice guys because they care and
listen. Cygnus is the nice guy in this discussion. Let's ease up on
them. Go beat up Bill Gates if you have aggression to work out. See if
he listens.

- My $.12. Now I am really out of this thread.

Steve Morris

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