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A friend is porting a commercial windows app to linux and is the developper and owner of the windows app. There is not at all any reverse engineering.

He wants to know if the app links to some open source libs (glibc, openal, ..) he can sell his app without publishing the source code and keep the same licencing as the windows app.

Thanks a lot for clear info.

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It depends on which particular libraries he wants to link to. glibc is licensed with the LGPL and so he can link to that without making his application open source. I assume it's similar for openal because it's used in commercial games, but don't take my word for it. If it's a GUI app he should bear in mind that the gnome libraries are LGPL and the kde libraries, or at least QT, are GPL without a commercial license from Trolltech.

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