quartz once again: was DEVENUM.DLL Implementation

Mark Hannessen msh104.mymail at 12move.nl
Thu Jun 12 08:59:51 CDT 2003

On Thursday 12 June 2003 10:22, you wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 12, 2003 at 11:46:28AM +0000, Mark Hannessen wrote:
> > >Well, if you want to start work on Quartz, feel free to do it, you would
> > > be our saviour (to all the gamerz out there who cannot have intro /
> > > cutscene movies due to the missing Quartz stuff in Wine).
> >
> > quartz was already was in wine once.
> > but was removed from wine because of legal issues.
> > that is, the author feared it was not legal and demanded it to be
> > removed.
> >
> > transgaming is still using it in WineX and it's LGPL code so you if you
> > really
> Yes, and that's because they are accepting the risk that somebody will
> sue them.

don't get me wrong, but i don't think there is any way to sue wineX for using 
LGPL code against the author's will. as long as they do not violate LGPL 
there is NO way to sue them.

i've been following a discussion on the "arianne" mailinglist lately and some 
guy wanted his GPL'ed GFX removed and was told to go to hell.

though i think is wrong behaviour it does prove you have to be really sure 
before making something (L)GPL because after that everyone can use it under 
that license forever.

that is (L)GPL's great strengh ( and in this case it's weakness )

> > need it you can just copy it from their cvs tree.
> >
> > still i think it would be nice to have quarz in wine so i have been
> > thinking about this one for some time.
> >
> > but what makes you think writing a new one is not going to have legal
> > issues?
> It wasn't pulled out because of legal issues, it was pulled out because
> the author feared legal issues and asked Alexandre to remove it. And
> Alexandre respects that wish and wont accept the same code back in.
> New code will be accept.

wouldn't it be possible to just shift maintainer / copyright holder / whatever 
to a new person that does believe it is legal and is willing to take that 
risk too.

this because the person who will write new code has to accept the same legal 
issues as when he would be writing a new one. so why not just give him a 
quick start with pre-written code to get him going.

if the origional author is risk-free ( because the new person is willing to 
accept them ) then the origional author should not really have a problem with 
that, should he?

Mark Hannessen

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