[Python-Dev] VC 7.1 maintenance?

Phil Thompson phil at riverbankcomputing.co.uk
Sat Jun 26 06:11:13 EDT 2004

On Saturday 26 June 2004 10:59 am, "Martin v. Löwis" wrote:
> Jack Jansen wrote:
> > The question I mean is that the GPL says "You shall not link against
> > commercial libraries, unless they are part of the base OS". The second
> > part of that sentence could be considered true for the VC6 version of
> > MSVCRT, but not for the VC7 one. Actually, Microsoft strongly suggest
> > you ship msvcr71.dll (or whatever the name) with the application, and
> > not put it into /System. That appears to me to be a definite no-no for
> > GPL software.
> Ah. I don't think this has been discussed before. We will definitely
> include msvcr71.dll with Python, and I don't see a violation of the
> GPL by doing so (as Python is not released under the terms of the GPL).

The potential problem would be for GPL extension modules. They could be used 
with Python VC6, but not with Python VC7. Are there are any GPLed modules 
used on Windows?


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