Subject: Re: Still puzzled by GPL if used with proprietary run-time libraries
From: elaine ashton <>
Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 22:44:37 -0500 (CDT)

> 1. Delphi based programs.
> Is it allowed to put a GPL on our programs when using (for now) Delphi as
> our development environment. When using the software package you need some
> libs from Borland which are not free.
> 2. MS-Access based programs.
> Even more difficult. MS-Access based programs not only use proprietary
> libraries, but the source code can only be distributed in the proprietary
> format (in this case mdb file).
> Can I use the GPL for our programs in the above two situations and if not,
> why not?

You can use the GPL for anything you wish, however, it will be terribly
difficult to do so with commercial software. You may GPL your part but if
it depends on MS or Borland for libraries, it would seem hollow.