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From karan malhi <karan.ma...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Compilers and configuration tools
Date Tue, 25 Oct 2005 14:19:43 GMT
I think Tanuj was just comparing the similarities GCC and VC++ in terms 
of free download. I didnt see him mention anywhere that he doesnt like 
the GPL license on GCC :)

Francisco Andrades Grassi wrote:

> Greetings,
> Tanuj Mathur wrote:
>> Hey,
>>>>   It is only the actual IDE that is commercial, with the Express
>>>> Editions estimated to cost $49 per copy (although the betas are free,
>>>> as Devanum pointed out).
>>> Right - but still - we can't force people to go buy Express.
>>   Just to clear up any confusion, the VC++ 2003 command line compiler
>> and the required utilities and libraries are available as a free
>> download, exactly like GCC.
> That's not correct. GCC is Free Software, VC++ 2003 compiler, although 
> a free-of-charge download, is propritary software (you don't have 
> access to the source and can't create derivative works under any 
> circumstance). Even more, I believe the license on the VC++ 2003 
> compiler does not allow you to run commercial applications.
> Please do not compare the proprietary compiler from Microsoft with GCC 
> in terms of 'free availability'. You may not like the GPL license on 
> GCC (which I really like), but that another issue.

Karan Singh

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