Re: AbiWord, the GPL, and MS Visual C Runtime

From: Rui Miguel Seabra (
Date: Mon Jan 12 2004 - 05:00:55 EST

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    On Sun, 2004-01-11 at 22:10, wrote:
    > I didn't realize that getext has these rather obnoxious clauses in it.

    uh... what clauses? AFAICT gettext is dual licensed with GPL/LGPL.
    AbiWord is licensed with GPL, so we share the same clauses (modulo the
    dual license).

    I guess there must be some confusion, somewhere.

    > It's seems to me that the spirit of the GPL is "if you need a lib to on a
    > proprietry OS it's OK"

    The GPL FAQ is very helpful, the principle is that you can link your GPL
    application with proprietary libraries if they are something that is
    expected on the proprietary system.

    It also says, in a different place, that if a program depends on a
    non-Free library, than that program is by transitivity not Free
    Software, since it is not available to the Free World.

    > I don't believe we should give up on Win95 in any case.

    I believe we should invite those users to try GNU/Linux. It's CERTAINLY
    an improvement, and Microsoft no longer supports them :)

    Hugs, Rui

    + No matter how much you do, you never do enough -- unknown
    + Whatever you do will be insignificant,
    | but it is very important that you do it -- Gandhi
    + So let's do it...?

    Please AVOID sending me WORD, EXCEL or POWERPOINT attachments. See

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