[fpc-pascal] Notice: Possible copyright infringements in FPC codebase

Joost van der Sluis joost at cnoc.nl
Tue Nov 20 09:57:24 CET 2007

Op dinsdag 20-11-2007 om 01:33 uur [tijdzone +0100], schreef Skybuck
> Delphi Compiler is written in C/C++ ?!? (Closed source)
> VCL/RTL is written in Delphi ! (Open Source)

No. The VCL is written in Object Pascal, yes. But it's not open source.
Borland and CodeGear published the code, so that people can take a look
at it, to see how it works. For documentational purpose. And you can
change the code if you need to, but you still need a Delphi license if
you want to do that.

So the VCl and RTL are closed source, you may not use that code, unless
you have a license, then that license allows you a few things...


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