Actually, GD2 can be compiled (after a patch) to read/write GIFs with LZW
compression (the LZW algorithm is the root of the legal iffyness), but
(AFAIK) you're only legally allowed to enable it if you live outside the US
& Canada. AFAIK only FreeBSD's ports system does this atm.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mako Shark" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Friday, November 15, 2002 7:18 PM
Subject: [PHP] Re: GD 1.5

> <<If the OP was concerned about such issues then
> he/she should not be using GIF at all!>>
> This is leading me to believe that I can't use GIFs
> because of these issues. Is this true? I know now that
> Unisys (Unisys?) made a fuss about some compression or
> whatever, but someone told me it was still okay to use
> old GDs (am I naive? maybe). Is it now considered
> piracy to use GIFs at all? Does this mean I have to
> switch over to JPGs, even those images that compress
> better with GIFs? I just assumed we were still
> permitted, what with Jasc and everybody still allowing
> it in their products. Is JPEG (or PNG) the way to go?
> I hesitate using PNGs since they seem to be the
> least-supported out of the 'big three'.

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