Alexandre Oliva aoliva@redhat.com
Fri Jul 13 07:42:00 GMT 2007

On Jul 12, 2007, Benjamin Smedberg <benjamin@smedbergs.us> wrote:

> Obviously the FSF can relicense any code they want to GPL3... that doesn't
> mean that this community couldn't decide to only accept patches to the
> GCC4.2 branch that are licensed under the GPL2+.

This wouldn't change the fact that any upcoming release of GCC issued
by the FSF ought to be under GPLv3.

But yes, people could still backport patches into their own GPLv2
releases given the policy above.  But having backporters ask for
permission from the authors or from the FSF sounds like a good
incentive for them to switch to GPLv3 to avoid the hassle.

Alexandre Oliva         http://www.lsd.ic.unicamp.br/~oliva/
FSF Latin America Board Member         http://www.fsfla.org/
Red Hat Compiler Engineer   aoliva@{redhat.com, gcc.gnu.org}
Free Software Evangelist  oliva@{lsd.ic.unicamp.br, gnu.org}

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