Re: Animated GIFs in Afterstep?

James (root@kermit.globalnet.co.uk)
Mon, 3 May 1999 21:56:50 +0100 (BST)


On Mon, 3 May 1999, Samuel Hocevar wrote:

# > GIF is proprietry format.
# 
# I do not agree.
# 
# Only the LZW compression in GIF is proprietary and subject to
# licensing. Thus any Open Source program may:
#  - save images as GIF (uncompressed GIF format exists)
#  - load uncompressed GIF images
#  - load compressed GIF images (only *compression* is patented)
# 
# Look at, for instance, the Imagemagick program. It reads/write GIF
# images while remaining in section 'main' of the Debian distribution.

or the gimp, that does both reading and writing of gifs. Doesn't explain why
www.gnu.org doesn't use gifs at all (surely it's ok to own gif images), but
then again, from reading their manifesto i get the impression the GNU
people are doing quite well at creating a Linux religion (oops, GNU/Linux :)
:)

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