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From Davanum Srinivas <dava...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: ASF has been shipping GPL exception stuff for years and still is ;)
Date Sun, 04 Dec 2005 18:19:22 GMT

To restate the obvious, If i choose to, i can use another compiler
(say VC++ on Windows -
http://httpd.apache.org/docs/1.3/win_compiling.html) and not care
about GCC's GPL+Exception.

Let's see if you guys have enough pull with FSF to make at least GPL
v3 (http://gplv3.fsf.org/process-definition) compatible with ASL 2.0
as-is. If it's not, a temporary bridge is of no use. no?

More seriously, if there is a legal concern about Apache's use of GCC
stuff, it should come through the right channels.

-- dims

On 12/4/05, Anthony Green <green@redhat.com> wrote:
> 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

Davanum Srinivas : http://wso2.com/blogs/

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