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pthreads-win32 - a POSIX threads library for Microsoft Windows
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With the exception of the files listed below, Pthreads-win32
is covered under the following GNU Lesser General Public License
Pthreads-win32 - POSIX Threads Library for Win32
Copyright(C) 1998 John E. Bossom
Copyright(C) 1999,2006 Pthreads-win32 contributors
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The file tests/rwlock7.c is derived from code written by
Dave Butenhof for his book 'Programming With POSIX(R) Threads'.
The original code was obtained by free download from his website
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Why pthreads-win32 did not use the GNU General Public License
The goal of the pthreads-win32 project has been to
provide a quality and complete implementation of the POSIX
threads API for Microsoft Windows within the limits imposed
by virtue of it being a stand-alone library and not
linked directly to other POSIX compliant libraries. For
example, some functions and features, such as those based
on POSIX signals, are missing.
Pthreads-win32 is a library, available in several different
versions depending on supported compilers, and may be used
as a dynamically linked module or a statically linked set of
binary modules. It is not an application on it's own.
It was fully intended that pthreads-win32 be usable with
commercial software not covered by either the GPL or the LGPL
licenses. Pthreads-win32 has many contributors to it's
code base, many of whom have done so because they have
used the library in commercial or proprietry software
Releasing pthreads-win32 under the LGPL ensures that the
library can be used widely, while at the same time ensures
that bug fixes and improvements to the pthreads-win32 code
itself is returned to benefit all current and future users
of the library.
Although pthreads-win32 makes it possible for applications
that use POSIX threads to be ported to Win32 platforms, the
broader goal of the project is to encourage the use of open
standards, and in particular, to make it just a little easier
for developers writing Win32 applications to consider
widening the potential market for their products.