Jasmeet Singh Virdi JasmeetSV "at"
Tue, 15 Jan 2002 07:20:12 +0000

   Does that mean that i can modify the protocol to incorporate a new
compression technique (that i developed) and not make anything visible to
the public and sell that product ?????


-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Ossmann [mailto:michael.ossmann "at"]
Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2002 12:53 AM
To: vnc-list "at"
Subject: Re: newbie

On Mon, Jan 14, 2002 at 01:10:30PM +0530, Jasmeet Singh Virdi wrote:
> 	I am a newbie to this list. I just wanted to ask one question. What
> is the history of the RFB protocol ??

The protocol was developed by Olivetti Research Laboratory, now owned by
AT&T, for the VNC project.  The official home is here:

> and If i plan to use RFB protocol in one of my products do i need to make
> Open Source ?? or for that matter make the source available to VNC ??

If you implement RFB from the ground up yourself, without using any open
source code, you do not have to make it open source.  If you use any GPL
code (such as the original VNC code), then you must GPL your product.

Mike Ossmann, Tarantella/UNIX Engineer/Instructor
Alternative Technology, Inc.
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