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Re: Data Acquisition with Octave

From: Juan Pablo Carbajal
Subject: Re: Data Acquisition with Octave
Date: Wed, 8 Feb 2012 18:15:37 +0100

>From GPLv3 Section 5

"A compilation of a covered work with other separate and independent
works, which are not by their nature extensions of the covered work,
and which are not combined with it such as to form a larger program,
in or on a volume of a storage or distribution medium, is called an
“aggregate” if the compilation and its resulting copyright are not
used to limit the access or legal rights of the compilation's users
beyond what the individual works permit. Inclusion of a covered work
in an aggregate does not cause this License to apply to the other
parts of the aggregate."

By using the non-free drivers are we making a combination such that
they form a larger program?

On Wed, Feb 8, 2012 at 5:43 PM, Julien Salort <address@hidden> wrote:
> Jordi Gutiérrez Hermoso <address@hidden> writes:
>> There is no legal problem sharing your source code, as long as you
>> don't distribute binaries compiled to the non-free driver.
> Are you sure ?
> Doesn't the  GPL state that anyone  should be allowed  to distribute the
> resulting binary, anyway one wants ?
> If  distributing  the binary  is  forbidden,  because  it is  linked  to
> closed-source library, then there is a problem...
> However: I think the NI libraries are dynamic libraries (at least on Mac
> OS  X  and Linux,  I'm  not  sure what  the  .lib  file  is on  Windows)
> Therefore, I'm  not sure  if there is  any NI  code inside the  OCT file
> itself...  If the  OCT file contains no NI code, then  it is eligible to
> the GPL, is it not ?
> --
> A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
> Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?
> A: Top-posting.
> Q: What is the most annoying thing on a mailing list?
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M. Sc. Juan Pablo Carbajal
PhD Student
University of Zürich

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