Why not contribute? (to GCC)

Alfred M. Szmidt ams@gnu.org
Mon Apr 26 15:11:00 GMT 2010


   > Years ago, I was asked to sign one of these documents for some
   > public domain code I wrote that I never intended to become part
   > of a FSF project.  Someone wanted to turn it a regular GNU
   > project with a GPL license, configure scripts, a cute acronym and
   > all that stuff.  I said no.  It's public domain, take it or leave
   > it.  Why I should I sign some legally binding document for some
   > code I had in effect already donated to the public?

   Because that's the only way to PUT something in the public domain!

Well, not entiterly correct... It is very hard to put something into
the public domain (legally) other than dropping dead, and waiting N
years.  What you do is just give a `free for all' license.



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