Kaffe, Swing, and NetBeans...

Weyrich Computing Consulting weyrich at goodnet.com
Wed Jul 29 11:04:36 PDT 1998

You'll have to followup with the patent owner (whose name escapes me and
I am away from my reference shelf), but I seem to recall that there is an
exclusion which the owners are making for freeware.

Another workaround which may be possible if the gifs are small is to 
make the gifs uncompressed -- the patent as I recall is only on the 
compression algorithm.  Decompression is not covered, and I think that it
is possible to use the gif data structure  (which is not patented as I
recall) to store image data in an uncompressed state.


On Wed, 29 Jul 1998, Peter C. Mehlitz wrote:

> On Wed, 29 Jul 1998, James D. McIninch wrote:
> >..for Linux with Swing 1.0.3. Running the application
> >fails with the error:
> >
> >	java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: java/awt/peer/LightweightPeer
> We are working on swing compatibility ( (some)peers, deprecateds and all
> that..) - still some way to go. But to make it public, somebody has to show us
> how to work around the Gif license restrictions (since swing heavily uses Gifs).
> -- Peter

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