More on shared libs/licensing issues

Craig Ruff (cruff@niwot.scd.ucar.EDU)
Tue, 14 Nov 1995 16:12:45 -0700 (MST)

We don't have a copy of the full license agreement handy (I've got
to track it down). However, the following statement at the start
of the online documentation makes me hesitate to go further on OSF/1
(aka DEC UNIX) compatible Linux shared libraries:

Digital Equipment Corporation makes no representations that the
use of its products in the manner described in this publication
will not infringe on existing or future patent rights, nor do the
descriptions contained in this publication imply the granting of
licenses to make, use, or sell equipment or software in
accordance with the description.

In particular, it is the second clause that concerns me. Until I do further
research or receive a written waiver from DEC to produce a compatible
Linux implementation based on the OSF/1 documentation, I feel that continued
efforts on my part are risky.

This would imply an effort using ELF shared libraries and a definition of
Alpha ELF formats. However, I don't think this is too much different
effort wise to the OSF/1 compatible method.



Craig Ruff NCAR (303) 497-1211 P.O. Box 3000 Boulder, CO 80307