What about GIFLIB?

Andrew Pimlott pimlott at abel.MATH.HARVARD.EDU
Fri Jul 17 05:19:36 PDT 1998

On Thu, 16 Jul 1998, Peter C.Mehlitz wrote:

> > Anyway, it's unfortunate that the current class library doesn't support
> > GIF images.  I understand the reasoning behind this, but would there be
> > any legal problems with using GIFLIB, if installed on the user's machine?
> D'Accord. I would love to throw in the GIF stuff, again. If somebody can proof
> me that we don't face legal trouble, you will get it. But, since libjpeg dropped
> it in 6b, I wouldn't be too optimistic.

Debian is moving towards using a modified giflib that reads all gifs and 
writes uncompressed gifs.  They believe this is patent-free.  "libungif" 
is part of the unstable ("slink") Debian distribution.

As a bonus, if kaffe supported using this library, people with non-free 
giflib could drop it in.


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