Why not contribute? (to GCC)

Ross Ridge rridge@csclub.uwaterloo.ca
Mon Apr 26 16:09:00 GMT 2010

Ross Ridge writes:
> 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?

Richard Kenner writes:
> Because that's the only way to PUT something in the public domain!

That's absurd and beside the point.  

>> How would you feel if some charity you donated money to came back
>> with a piece of paper for you to sign?
>A closer analogy: a charity receives an unsolicited script for a play from

No, that's not a closer analogy.  As I said, I never intended for my
code to become part of an FSF project.  I didn't send them anything

I'm contributing to this thread solely to answer the question asked.
Either take the time to read what I've written and use it try to
understand why I don't and others might not contribute to GCC, or please
just ignore it.  Your unsubstantiated and irrelevent legal opinions
aren't helping.

					Ross Ridge

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