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- From: Valeriu Palos <valeriu at palos dot ro>
- To: gcc at gcc dot gnu dot org
- Date: Mon, 24 May 2004 21:44:13 +0000
- Subject: Question...
Hello, my name is Valeriu Palos and here is my problem.
For some time now I started preparing for the development of a software
ideea of mine and I got everything through except for the part of the
c/c++ compiler's licensing program.
I am rather determined to use GCC as the compiling platform for my
program, but, the problem is that from what I have read (the GPL License
documentation), I understood that if I build this software with GCC I
would not be able to sell it and, even more, I would be compelled to
disclose the source code of my software to the open public.
I am a true supporter of open source but I cannot agree that this
concept should simply apply to all software programs on the planet.
The software in question involves a lot of hard work and true innovative
research in an area which is not yet properly looked into by the
developer community. So, you see?... what concerns me is not necessarily
the money issue but the intelectual protection issue.
So, allthough I have tried, I simply cannot understand how revealing my
work freely to the world could advantage me (except maybe from a PR
point of view). I do not pretend to know better than anyone, which is
why I am asking you... what is the solution?
I obviously do not want to switch from GCC to another compiler since I
would be deprived of many advantages (for me the most important beeing
If the only solution to using GCC is giving my code up for free, than I
ask you to help me understand the advantages of this choice (make me
belive!... I know there has to be some solid grounds for GCC's success
and the success of programs made with it).
If it is possible, I am willing to buy another type of license program
that permits me to make my software commercial, allthough I am fairly
sure that this is not the case.
If I have to switch to another compiling platform it would obviously
mean that I should buy a Windows-like platform (Borland or Microsoft)
since these are next in line as far as performance, quality and overall
I do not mean to insult the ideea of free software through GPL by asking
this, but it is really important. Also, I would expect that, through
time, many might have asked the same thing I am, so if you decide that
my letter is not even worth replying I will not hold it against you.
Thank you, and keep up the (undoubtedly) good work! :)