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Do I have to buy Motif to use Nedit?

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Nedit apparently uses Motif.  Do I have to buy Motif to run nedit, or is the Motif license that one buys strictly for a developers kit and Motif widgets, DLLs, or whatever they are, are available for free to run Motif dependent apps?
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by:luteijn
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Either get a statically linked Nedit, Buy the motif libs, or
see if it runs with Lesstif, a 'free' clone of motif.
(Or steal Motif by copying it. ) The libraries are not free
because anyone worth his salt could then link them to new programs
too.
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by:ntkonnek
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what do you mean 'statically linked'?  If the Motif Libraries must be purchased and availble what would nedit be linking to if they are not there?  
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luteijn earned 100 total points
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Statically linked means that instead of having a seperate lib.
file (DLL in ms speak) that can be used by several programs, all
the neccesary library functions are included in the executable.
Then it is a lot harder to reuse them with other programs.
If you try to run a dynamically linked version, it will look
for the needed libraries, not find them and exit.
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by:ntkonnek
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I downloaded a statically linked version, it works great and is exactly what I was looking for.  Thanks.
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