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Re: GNU Compiler & GNU License

From: mike3
Subject: Re: GNU Compiler & GNU License
Date: 23 May 2007 18:47:38 -0700
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On May 23, 6:27 am, John Hasler <> wrote:
> Byron Jeff writes:
> > No. The libraries are LGPL which is specifically designed so that non
> > free programs can use them without specification of copyright.
> Don't confuse the runtime libraries which are linked into every program
> compiled with Gcc with libc and similar.  The runtime libraries are GPL
> with special exceptions.  Here is an example:
>    As a special exception, you may use this file as part of a free software
>    library without restriction.  Specifically, if other files instantiate
>    templates or use macros or inline functions from this file, or you compile
>    this file and link it with other files to produce an executable, this
>    file does not by itself cause the resulting executable to be covered by
>    the GNU General Public License.  This exception does not however
>    invalidate any other reasons why the executable file might be covered by
>    the GNU General Public License.
> Thus you are free to compile your closed source program with Gcc and
> distribute it however you wish.
> > However, the production of embedded firmware can be problematic.
> You just have to chooes libraries carefully or write all the code
> yourself.  Gcc and its runtimes are not a problem.
> --
> John Hasler
> Dancing Horse Hill
> Elmwood, WI USA

Alright. Thanks a lot for the answers.

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