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Re: GCC can be used with any license ..

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: GCC can be used with any license ..
Date: Mon, 09 Feb 2009 16:24:44 +0100
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Rjack <> writes:

> Doug Mentohl wrote:
>> the FSF decided long ago to allow developers to use GCC's
>> libraries to compile any program, regardless of its license.
> Thank you.
>> Developing nonfree software is not good for society, and we have
>> no obligation to make it easier.
> Thank God society has people like you and the F.S.F. to correct them
> concerning the error of their ways. I can't understand how society
> managed to make any technological progress before Richard Stallman
> and his acolytes invented Free computer programming.

They did not invent it.  It was standard before the beancounters
discovered that messing with access to programs they had no clue about
could make them money.

The free software movement was a countermovement.

> Proprietary people like Dennis Richie and Ken Thompson have been
> demonstrated to be real morons by failing to develop Stallman's
> brilliant insights.

Thompson/Richie developed and distributed Unix without commercial
interest.  The beancounters later pulled Unix under their control.

That is part of the reason that programmers nowadays are somewhat better
educated to watch what work they are contributing to their company and
under what conditions.

David Kastrup

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