Rui Miguel Silva Seabra rms at 1407.org
Thu Mar 7 00:42:29 UTC 2002

On Wed, 2002-03-06 at 22:32, Bernhard Reiter wrote:
> >   2. AbiWord is multiplatform
> >   2.1 on windows it links against MSCVRT.DLL
> This should be fine as this can be considered part of the operating system. 
> IIRC what this library does.

I haven't the foggiest idea! I've purged all windows software 4 years
(or so) ago.

> http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#WritingFSWithNFLibs
> | 	    If the libraries that you link with falls within the
> | following exception in the GPL:

I thought I had read that, but I didn't remember where. Stupid of me to
not even consider, the huge faq :)

> >   3. Abiword links with ImageMagick
> >      License: freeware *
> The license I get with the apt-get source imagemagic on my
> Debian System seems to be of Xfree86. Thus compatible with
> the GNU GPL. This means that there is no problem, 
> the whole work (abiword) can just be distributed under GPL.

Yup, downloading the source was not very convinient at the time, so I
relied on the poor license description of the package, and thus I was
Fortunately without reason.

> >   4. A gpl plugin that integrates a (this is what worries me the most
> > because here I am sure there is a problem) non free grammar checker (it
> > forbids commercial use without authorization): 
> >      http://www.link.cs.cmu.edu/link/
> This could be the only problem that I can see.
> Thus I would agree with the person who thinks that
> the non-free grammer checker cannot be used.

This is truly the problem. The other points where raised on the chat and
I wasn't able to verify all of them.

> > worse than that, is the attached irc log 
> I can see persons in a heated chat 
oh no, it wasn't heated at all. a lot of smileys were missing, but I (at
least) wasn't heated and just concerned.

> and quite a lot of missunderstandings about the GNU GPL, Free Software.

> Maybe the GNU GPL FAQ or this email can help.

Your email was of great help, specially because of having reminded me of
the great gpl faq :)

> 	http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html

> I think that calm explainations and pointer to good references 
> will help to clear the confusion.

Your right. I hope you liked my email (in another message) to the
abiword-dev mailing list.

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 -- Ghandi
+ So let's do it...?
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