On 07/04/2017 10:03 PM, WhatMeWorry wrote:
On Friday, 7 April 2017 at 15:14:40 UTC, Walter Bright wrote:
Yes, this is for real! Symantec has given their permission to
relicense it. Thank you, Symantec!
I've been coding in D for years now but was unaware of this issue. Could
someone give this licensing neophyte an explanation and some history?
So dmd's backend came directly from dmc. This makes sense as this is the
time of Digital Mars creation (Walter has been working with this code
base pretty much since before I was born).
Because of how history went, it was owned by Symantic yet Digital Mars
still developed it.
So its usage within dmd caused problems, i.e. with packaging and
distributing because it required explicit permission from Digital Mars
so that Symantic wouldn't get sued.
Maybe Walter can clarify but this is what I have gathered over the years.