[Development] Dropping MinGW support in Qt 6 (Was: HEADS-UP: QStringLiteral)

Kyle Edwards kyle.edwards at kitware.com
Wed Aug 21 23:34:42 CEST 2019

On Wed, 2019-08-21 at 17:25 -0400, Kyle Edwards wrote:
> If you don't own the copyright, and you can't get permission from the
> copyright holder, then my guess would be no, unless you can
> successfully argue that the MSVC runtime *is* a system library (even
> though it's not distributed with Windows.)

Looks like the FSF has weighed in on this exact topic:


You can link a GPL program against the MSVC runtime and claim it as a
system library, but you cannot then distribute the MSVC runtime with
your application. The user would have to download the runtime
themselves... which defeats the entire purpose of this exercise.


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