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Re: Removal of support for GCC hosted on UWIN (fwd)
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- Subject: Re: Removal of support for GCC hosted on UWIN (fwd)
- From: Bob Friesenhahn <bfriesen at simple dot dallas dot tx dot us>
- Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2001 08:31:18 -0600 (CST)
I should have copied the list with this response. GPL places
limitations on the distribution of a program but does not limit the
user's right to create the program, or to use the program.
I don't know anything about U/WIN, but this feels like a knee-jerk
reaction to something.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2001 08:16:39 -0600 (CST)
From: Bob Friesenhahn <email@example.com>
To: Mark Mitchell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Removal of support for GCC hosted on UWIN
Perhaps you should read GPL again. It is not a violation of the GPL
to link a GPL'd program or library with *anything*. GPL limits what
you can do with the result (you can't distribute it except for under
the provisions of GPL). There is absolutely nothing to preclude gcc
from linking with a proprietary library, provided that it is done by
the final end user, on the end user's machine, and never distributed
I don't give a hoot about U/WIN, but feel that your reasoning is
On Tue, 9 Jan 2001, Mark Mitchell wrote:
> We've learned that the usage of GCC on U/WIN involves a violation of
> the GNU GPL, linking GCC with a non-free third-party support library;
> therefore, we have removed the support for such usage.
> Note that GCC is merely a special case: it is a violation of the GPL
> to link *any* GPL'd program with the U/WIN support library.
> Mark Mitchell email@example.com
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