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Re: Now it's my compiler!

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: Now it's my compiler!
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2008 17:48:35 -0400
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Rjack wrote:
My third party compiler is none of their damn business.

The GPL attempts to insure that users of a program can
run, read, change, and share it. In order for a user to
be able to make changes and run the resulting program,
he must be given the source and told how to build it
from source. (It could have required that the compiler
be made available as well, but I expect the FSF felt
that there were too many systems where non-free compilers
must be used for this to be tenable.)

If you do not wish to reveal this, then you may not copy
and ship a program which incorporates GPLed code, because
you are violating the terms of the license which allow you
to do such copying and shipping, and you otherwise have no
license at all.

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