GDK is "free"; this means that everyone is free to use it and free
to redestribute it on a free basis. GDK is not in the public domain; it
is copyrighted and there are restrictions on its distribution, but these
restrictions are designed to permit everything that a good cooperating
citizen would want to do. What is not allowed is to try to prevent
others from further sharing any version of GDK that they might get from
Specifically, we want to make sure that you have the right to give
away copies of GDK, that you receive source code or else can get it if
you want it, that you can change GDK or use pieces of it in new free
programs, and that you know you can do these things.
To make sure that everyone has such rights, we have to forbid you to
deprive anyone else of these rights. For example, if you distribute
copies of GDK, you must give the recipients all the rights that you
have. You must make sure that they, too, receive or can get the source
code. And you must tell them their rights.
Also, for my own protection, we must make certain that everyone finds
out that there is no warranty for GDK. If GDK is modified by someone
else and passed on, we want their recipients to know that what they have
is not what we distributed, so that any problems introduced by others
will no reflect on our reputation.
The precise conditions of the licenses for GDK are found in the
General Public Licenses that accompanies it.
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