driver question

Patrik Stridvall ps at
Tue Jun 11 16:34:14 CDT 2002

> On Tue, Jun 11, 2002 at 11:23:06PM +0300, Hetz Ben Hamo wrote:
> > I'm not an expert on licensing, and I thought to ask this 
> question here - I'm 
> > not trying to make any emails flame war - just need a 
> simple answer...
> > A friend of mine is toying with an idea to write a frame 
> buffer driver instead 
> > of the x11drv on wine, but he doesn't think his boss will 
> allow to release 
> > the code..
> > Can he (legally) write the driver, bundle it with the 
> lgpl'd  wine and sell 
> > it? or is this illegal?
> If the driver interfaces with the rest of Wine through a 
> clearly defined
> library API, and his proprietary code is distributed as 
> separate object
> code that can be relinked with Wine at runtime or at build time (i.e.,
> made available as either .o files or as a .so shared lib), 
> then this is
> unquestionably permitted by the LGPL.

True in general but unfortunately the Wine display driver API
wouldn't IMHO be classified as a clearly defined API...

So whether this is allowed is a little unclear to say the least.

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