RFH: GPLv3

Doug Gregor doug.gregor@gmail.com
Thu Jul 12 14:29:00 GMT 2007


On 7/12/07, Basile STARYNKEVITCH <basile@starynkevitch.net> wrote:
> Mark Mitchell wrote:
> > 3. After GCC 4.2.1 is released, we will renumber the branch to GCC 4.3.
> >   What would have been GCC 4.2.2 will instead be GCC 4.3.3, to try to
> > emphasize the GPLv3 switch.  The GCC mainline will then be GCC 4.4.
>
> I find this surprising and a bit confusing! My first reaction (maybe not enough thought) is that most users don't care
> much about GCC source code, only about its functionality (making an executable from C or C++ source code). I am not very
> sure that a "minor" change on the GCC source code license should affect so significantly the version numbering.

I had the same reaction. A new major release of GCC implies new
features and other technical enhancements, not just a new license.
Just imagine the flood of user questions and complaints when they
download GCC 4.3, expecting to find their favorite new feature that
they were told would be in GCC 4.3, and "all I got was this crummy new
license." Shouldn't we at least have some carrot with this stick?

Could we ask the SC to reconsider the change in the GCC major version
numbering for GPLv3? Or, at the very least, explain why it is
important to change the major version number for a mere license
change?

Why not just change the license on mainline for the GCC 4.3 release
(whenever it happens), and leave GCC 4.2 as the last release series
using GPLv2?

  - Doug



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