[SDL] about lciense

Jesse Meyer dasunt+sdl at freedom.org
Tue Nov 8 15:54:55 PST 2005


On Fri, 04 Nov 2005, Michael Benfield wrote:

> 
> On Nov 4, 2005, at 7:36 PM, Jesse Meyer wrote:
> >
> >Last time I checked, 0 compilers come with a default install of 
> >windows.
> >
> >Wouldn't this make a lot of SDL-using software on windows violate the 
> >LGPL?
> 
> I've thought about this before and I believe that technically, yes, 
> they are violating the LGPL. But, it's not likely to get them in much 
> trouble because suitable compilers are readily and freely available and 
> if someone did come knocking on the door demanding the necessary tools 
> the developer could just hand him mingw or whatever. This is completely 
> different from these embedded platforms where the developer cannot 
> provide the user with the necessary tools.

Unless, of course, they use compiler-specific code and it won't compile
with another compiler...

I suspect that more of a few projects would have this problem.
Especially projects that rely heavily on tricks and assembly code for
performance.

Just my $.02




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