DevIL or FreeImage

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Enlight 101 Jun 27, 2007 at 19:33

DevIL or FreeImage, pros and cons…

which one is the most ‘unrestricted’ for using in commercial projects…?

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Enlight 101 Jun 29, 2007 at 20:11

Ok, I have chosen FreeImage. But I’m concerned about, how “free” is FreeImage.
Does anyone understand the FreeImage Public License?

http://freeimage.sourceforge.net/freeimage-license.txt

Can I link statically in a commercial product? What are the limitations…
Thanks

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kulik 101 Jun 29, 2007 at 20:57

As far as I know ogre transfered to freeimage to allow static linking, so my deduction is that static linking indeed is allowed. I am not sure about further limitations.

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Nils_Pipenbrinck 101 Jun 30, 2007 at 10:37

@Enlight

Can I link statically in a commercial product? What are the limitations…
Thanks

Good question. Keep in mind, that the freeimage license is just one license you have to check. Freeimage by itself does not do the actual image loading but links a bunch of other libraries for the hard part.

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Enlight 101 Jun 30, 2007 at 23:35

Ok, I could link dynamically with freeimage, but even in this case, I’m still concerned about the FreeImage Public License.

I’m not a lawyer and the license text is long…., that makes me think: if we programmers need to understand licenses, does lawyers have to understand c++? heheh