[Linux-bruxelles] Outil graphique de gestion de base de données
alexandre.dulaunoy at ael.be
Sam 14 Fév 16:02:52 CET 2004
On Sat, 14 Feb 2004, Jean-Christophe Beumier wrote:
> Tiens! Je croyais que le fait qu'il existe une version GPL permettait à
> quiconque d'utiliser, étudier, améiorer, adapter, et redistribuer le
> produit? Ou bien la GPL n'est que théorique?
Can I write free software that uses non-free libraries?
If you do this, your program won't be fully usable in a free
environment. If your program depends on a non-free library to do a
certain job, it cannot do that job in the Free World. If it
depends on a non-free library to run at all, it cannot be part of
a free operating system such as GNU; it is entirely off limits to
the Free World.
So please consider: can you find a way to get the job done without
using this library? Can you write a free replacement for that
If the program is already written using the non-free library,
perhaps it is too late to change the decision. You may as well
release the program as it stands, rather than not release it. But
please mention in the README that the need for the non-free
library is a drawback, and suggest the task of changing the
program so that it does the same job without the non-free
library. Please suggest that anyone who thinks of doing
substantial further work on the program first free it from
dependence on the non-free library.
Note that there may also be legal issues with combining certain
non-free libraries with GPL-covered Free Software. Please see the
question on GPL software with GPL-incompatible libraries for more
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