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Re: I really don't know where to post this. GPL License question

From: Spenceee
Subject: Re: I really don't know where to post this. GPL License question
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2008 21:10:10 -0800 (PST)
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On Jan 14, 2:50 pm, wrote:
> On Jan 14, 1:30 pm, John Hasler <> wrote:
> > Spenceee writes:
> > > My interpretation of the GPL is that if we were to use a GNU public
> > > license piece of software in our application (Sumatra PDF reader is the
> > > software in question) then we would be required to distribute ALL the
> > > source code for our software?
> > Depends on the details.  What do you mean by "use"?  What do you mean by
> > "in"?  Is "our software" a monolithic application?  A client and server?  A
> > group of cooperating processes?  A program and a bunch of utilities?
> > --
> > John Hasler
> >
> > Dancing Horse Hill
> > Elmwood, WI USA
> Really appreciate the reply!
> The application is part of a client server solution.  It would be the
> client, and the user would double click on a PDF document, which would
> then launch the PDF viewer using the GPLv2 code.  Optimally we would
> want this to be compiled in as a DLL used by our application, but if
> the GPL wouldn't permit this, we could launch it from the command
> line, and provide tools for the user to do this also, perhaps with a
> quick splash acknowledging the authors and GPL etc.

I just reread that and realised it wasn't quite clear.

Our application, (the client part) has a list of documents in it,
which the users can double click.  We would like the double click to
open a piece of software (currently a hosted adobe reader, which is
slow, terrible and has a multitude of issues), and replace this with
the GPL sumatra code.  Our application would "launch" the GPL code
section, but do nothing else than use it.

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