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Re: Removal of support for GCC hosted on UWIN

>>>>> "Alexandre" == Alexandre Oliva <> writes:

    Alexandre> On Jan 9, 2001, Mark Mitchell <>
    Alexandre> wrote:

    >> 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.

    Alexandre> I don't even know what U/WIN is but, AFAIK, the GNU GPL
    Alexandre> only covers the *distribution* of GNU GPLed programs or
    Alexandre> libraries.  Linking with a proprietary library is
    Alexandre> legal, as long as you don't redistribute the result of
    Alexandre> the linking.

I believe that to be correct.

    Alexandre> I understand the removing support from U/WIN is a form
    Alexandre> of making it harder for someone to violate the GNU GPL,
    Alexandre> but I thought I'd point out that anyone is free to take
    Alexandre> the patch you're about to remove, install it in their
    Alexandre> own GCC source tree and build GCC for their own use.
    Alexandre> Right?

I believe that is correct as well.

It's difficult to provide a brief summary of any legal document
(including the GPL) that is simultaneously completely comprehensive.
Thank you for pointing out this issue.

Mark Mitchell         
CodeSourcery, LLC     

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