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Cygnus, GnuPro and GPL.

In article <7i2faq$au0$1@flotsam.uits.indiana.edu>,
Lynn Winebarger <owinebar@ezinfo.ucs.indiana.edu> wrote:
>Andy Isaacson <adisaacs@mtu.edu> wrote:
>>Cygnus could add new code to gcc (new optimizations, new targets,
>>whatever).  They have NO responsibility to make this available.  [...]

This (and the rest of the paragraph) is entirely correct.  It is the
"sell support, not code" model that the GPL encourages, and it is one of
the ways Cygnus make money.

>   Yes, but if they're including it in the distribution of GNUPro, I'm
>surprised the FSF doesn't buy a copy and incorporate it themselves.

All the Cygnus enhancements will eventually end up in public releases
of EGCS, but this process takes some time.  It wouldn't make it any
faster for the FSF to "buy a copy".  Remember that other companies,
groups, and individuals are also developing the GNU compiler tools.
To incorporate all the enhancements from disparate sources, while
maintaining stability, is not a trivial task.  Cygnus also contribute
substantial developer time and machine resources for mailing lists, web
servers, etc. to help this.

Tim.
--
Tim Goodwin   | `I can't believe that someone is releasing
University of | something called "Unix" without something
Leicester, UK | called "/bin/sh".' -- Randal L. Schwartz

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From: tjg@ltpcg.star.le.ac.uk (Tim J Goodwin)
Newsgroups: gnu.misc.discuss
Subject: Re: Cygnus, GnuPro and GPL.
Date: 28 May 1999 11:34:30 +0100
Organization: University of Leicester, UK
Message-ID: <7ilrfm$b13$1@ltpcg.star.le.ac.uk>
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