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Re: Microsoft library licenses

From: John Hasler
Subject: Re: Microsoft library licenses
Date: Fri, 06 May 2005 10:05:19 -0500
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Rob Thorpe writes:
> Is there a list anywhere of which Microsoft libraries have licenses
> that prevent them from being dynamically linked against GPL software.

> Especially, do any of the Win32 SDK libraries have such a license?
> (ie. gdi32.dll, comctl32.dll, user32.dll)

>From the GPL:

  The source code for a work means the preferred form of the work for
  making modifications to it.  For an executable work, complete source code
  means all the source code for all modules it contains, plus any
  associated interface definition files, plus the scripts used to control
  compilation and installation of the executable.  However, as a special
  exception, the source code distributed need not include anything that is
  normally distributed (in either source or binary form) with the major
  components (compiler, kernel, and so on) of the operating system on which
  the executable runs, unless that component itself accompanies the

Note especially the last sentence.
John Hasler
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI USA

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