[CLN-list] msvc support patch

Michael Goffioul michael.goffioul at gmail.com
Sun May 10 14:50:43 CEST 2009

Windows binaries for Octave (based on VC++) has been abandoned anyway.


On Sun, May 10, 2009 at 12:57 PM, Bruno Haible <bruno at clisp.org> wrote:
> Hello Michael,
> Regarding whether it is permitted to distribute GPLed software (such as
> CLN or libreadline) in the same installer with Microsoft runtime libraries:
> On 2009-04-21 I wrote:
>> I have written to licensing at fsf dot org, asking them about the apparent
>> contradiction between these clauses of the GPL and their FAQ. I'll let you
>> know about the outcome.
> Brett Smith's answer is:
> ============================================================================
>> My argumentation is as follows:
>>   - The libraries msvcr80.dll etc. are not part of a plain Windows
>> installation.
>> > (That's precisely the reason why the people distributing said
>> installers
>> > added them.)
> While it is true that these libraries aren't installed with Windows by
> default, they accompany the compiler used for these programs, so in
> general it should at least be possible for them to qualify as system
> libraries under both GPLv2 and v3.  However, I think you're right that
> specific license terms in both versions of the GPL preclude people from
> going so far as to include these libraries as part of the object code
> for GPLed programs.
> Best regards,
> --
> Brett Smith
> Licensing Compliance Engineer, Free Software Foundation
> ============================================================================

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