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From Anthony Green <gr...@redhat.com>
Subject Re: ASF has been shipping GPL exception stuff for years and still is ;)
Date Sun, 04 Dec 2005 17:38:29 GMT
On Sun, 2005-12-04 at 11:14 -0500, Geir Magnusson Jr. wrote:
> That said, I think that to be fair, we need to distinguish between  
> "using" in the sense of what GCC is doing  - a tool outside the scope  
> of effort of the project enabling some behavior in a standard and non- 
> intrusive way (just like we don't care about the license of the OS we  
> run on), and "using" in the sense of developers of a project making a  
> conscious decision to design and implement software with a dependency.

This is wrong thinking.  You aren't simply "using" the libgcc routines,
as you would OS resources.  You are linking your application to the
libgcc library and redistributing the resulting combined binary.   This
is precisely what the license talks about and enables.  

Whether or not you make a distinction between this kind of GPL+exception
usage and libstdc++ or GNU Classpath usage hardly matters, since the
licenses themselves don't make a distinction.

AG



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