RFH: GPLv3

David Edelsohn dje@watson.ibm.com
Thu Jul 12 14:51:00 GMT 2007


>>>>> Ian Lance Taylor writes:

Ian> To pile on after my earlier message, I would say that the change in
Ian> license does not matter at all, not even a tiny bit, for gcc *users*.
Ian> It only matters for gcc *distributors*.  And I think the vastly
Ian> smaller population of gcc distributors can be reached by appropriate
Ian> use of documentation and announcements.

	I completely agree that the license change does not matter in
reality, but reality is different than perception.  Members of the GCC SC
have received feedback from users who are concerned.

	Some end users need approval from their legal department for a
change of license of their software.  This means that the users may need
legal approval for a bug fix because of the license change.

	Also, for example see the way that Samba is handling the license
change.

David



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