Runtime library license, was Re: Apple-employed maintainers (was Re: Apple, iPhone, and GPLv3 troubles)

Wed Sep 24 18:25:00 GMT 2008

On Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 11:26 AM, Ian Lance Taylor <> wrote:
> Basile STARYNKEVITCH <> writes:
>> Is it top secret information only available to some few members of the
>> Steering Committee, or is some information sharable on this list? Just
>> knowing that indeed a runtime library license will be finalized before
>> Christmas (ie in 2008) and that GPL-ed plugins will be somehow
>> "blessed" by the SC (or is it the FSF) will be a big relief.
> I have no additional information.  I just want to make the point that
> these issues involve lawyers, and they involve RMS, and it's not a
> major priority for any of them.  It takes time.  It's frustrating.
> But it is most likely not the case that secret negotiations are
> happening.  It is far more likely that nothing is happening at all.
> There is a simple technique which anybody is free to use to make this
> happen much faster: make a large donation to the SFLC and/or the FSF,
> contingent on this issue being finished.  In the absence of that, it
> will happen in the time that people have available to work on it.

How large is large?

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