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Re: Why not contribute? (to GCC)


On 23 April 2010 23:19, Basile Starynkevitch <basile@starynkevitch.net> wrote:
>
> I do know that the legal system of GCC is nearly impossible to change (we
> all remember how getting the runtime license of GCC compatible with plugins
> took so long) but I believe it is one of the weaknesses of GCC. My feeling
> is that the legalese inside GCC have been defined in a different time and
> world than today!

The legal status is impossible to change and we do not want to change
it. The legal procedures to satisfy that status are a different matter
altogether and we should evolve and improve them. Mixing the two
concepts leads to confusion.

As for the legal status. For me, the GPL is one of the reasons I chose
to contribute to GCC. I wouldn't like to see Apple to take my work,
add some shiny stuff and start distributing it as a closed-source
bonus to its customers. But if the GPL is stopping you from
contributing, then go now because we cannot and we do not want to
change this. But the procedure, I don't see any reason why it could
not improve.

> Any even since I did send patches to GCC since several years, I am still
> scared even now when sending one.

Scared about what? Legal implications? Please clarify.

Cheers,

Manuel.


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