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Subject: Re: License of code in utils/MTP/

Re: License of code in utils/MTP/

From: Dave Chapman <>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2009 10:19:13 +0000

Rafaël Carré wrote:
> If sendfirm_win.c is redistributed with the LGPL, it can be linked with
> any proprietary library, no ?

Yes, I think so. Or maybe BSD. Although we can only do that if we know
the license from the code taken from, and it still means
that we can't incorporate MTP functionality into the Windows version of

> That's the easiest solution I think, since libmtp doesn't seem to run on
> windows.

It does, but Windoes doesn't allow user-land access to USB devices -
meaning the user needs to install a specific driver for each USB device
they wish to access. This wouldn't be that bad, but I believe such
drivers interfere with normal use of the device under Windows, so the
user then needs to uninstall the driver after using it...

> Songbird uses libmtp on linux & macosx, and the MS library on windows.
> See

According to mcuelenaere, the Songbird MTP source has vanished from
their site...


Received on 2009-01-10

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