BSD, Gav, LGPL, Jeremy, and business

Nick Temple ntemple at
Sat Feb 16 16:08:08 CST 2002

Hi Brett --

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On 2/16/2002 at 8:34 AM Brett Glass wrote:

>At 03:50 AM 2/16/2002, Patrik Stridvall wrote:
>WINE is not likely to work more than 90% ever, due to
>the facts that Windows is a moving target and that
>Microsoft is likely to patent defensively.

XP, with it's EXTREMELY strict licensing and enforcement policies, could very easily be the product that kills Microsoft in the home market.  Most users don't care about licenses, and will happily install 2-3 copies of Windows on their home computers.  When they try to do this with XP, and are told to go and spend another $100 or so, they will be looking for something else.  Now, will there be a choice?  Is it WINE's goal to provide the technology to make that choice possible?

I think we can get to (nearly) 100% Windows NT / 2000 core compatibility.  Other technologies that MS puts "on top" of the core should be seperate projects, potentially licensed seperately.

More comments coming, but I think that this is important:  limiting the scope of WINE to core components, and having sub-projects (potentially with their own licensing) that run "on top of" wine.  For example, FreeDirectX could be a GPL'd package installed over wine, w/o caring what WINE is actually licensed under.

Am I on the right track here?


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