[gpgme] Windows DLL: 1.0.2 vs. 0.3.16

Mark Riordan mark at stdnet.com
Thu Feb 10 16:54:57 CET 2005

Hello.  I have some questions about using GPGME in our
commercial Windows application.  I understand that recent versions
of GPGME are released under the LGPL and hence would be allowed
in a commercial app--but I have some questions anyway:

1.  A few messages from October 2004 imply that the Windows version
of GPGME cannot be commercially used because it uses the Qt library.
I quote:

"Unfortunately, we cannot use gpgme under Windows because Qt is non-GPL over
there.  This is why I opted to make my own code (this, and also because
was not really supported on Windows anyway, but this may have changed). "

"Psi cannot use gpgme on Windows due to legal reasons"

Is this still true (or was it ever true)?

2.  It appears that GPGME 1.0.2 is not available as a Windows DLL.
However, an older version, 0.3.16, is.  See:

The older version was released under the GPL, not the LGPL.
Does the recent change in license terms from GPL to LGPL
retroactively apply to this older version?  I saw this note
from July 2003:

"We wrote GPGME from scratch;
for LGPLing it we might need to replace some very small parts taken
from other GNU software."

implying that the older version might not be available under the LGPL.

By the way, we would be willing to pay a fee to get a
Win32 DLL version of GPGME 1.0.2.


Mark Riordan
Standard Networks

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