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Re: Why not contribute? (to GCC)
On Sun, Apr 25, 2010 at 08:12:03PM -0400, Mark Mielke wrote:
> In some ways, I wish a group did fork GCC under GPL and drop the
> copyright assignment requirement. In other ways, this entire issue is
> just so minor to me that it isn't worth going beyond this thread. GCC
> works, but so do other compilers (Intel CC, LLVM, ...). GCC is
> distributed under the GPL, so if the FSF ever becomes a real problem (as
> opposed to merely having a political agenda), it can be forked@this
> later time.
Is it even possible to fork? Wouldn't that require the new compiler
to start over again from the last non-GPLv3 version of the source code
(read 4.2.1...which is why Apple's gcc is stuck there). Weren't things
simplier when egcs forked from gcc (ie that they were both under the same