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Re: Gcc installation problem



On Monday, August 18, 2003, at 10:57 PM, Robert Dewar wrote:


It's an interesting topic for debate if GNU should be blamed for
software defects under GPL ---- my personally feeling is yes (at least
to a certain degree), if GPL takes the credit automatically for GNU,
shoud it do with responsibilities as well.

This is incomprehensible nonsense, the GPL is a license, it cannot take credit or responsibilities for anything!

If you acquire software from a third party, you acquire some guarantees
and warranties. If there are defects you have recourse to these warranties.
If you acquire software with no warranty at all (as is the case for many
but not all cases of acquiring software under the GPL), then there is
absolutely no issue of "blame". No warranty means no warranty!


Of course, Robert has kindly sidestepped the issue of whether they *can* validly give you no warranty. Which i guess is better than trying to explain what "No warranty, to THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW" means in any particular set of circumstances.
Don't bother trying to figure it out without a lexis-nexis account and 8 billion hours to kill: Simple Googling for "no warranty" only shows that nothing has any warranty anymore, except where it has to.



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