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Re: Meaning of `source code'

cespedes@debian.org (Juan Cespedes)  wrote on 04.11.97 in <Pine.LNX.3.96.971103235424.281F-100000@gizmo.lander.es>:

> On Mon, 3 Nov 1997, Ian Jackson wrote:
> > Juan Cespedes <cespedes@debian.org>
> > >         So, if I write a program which needs a non-free compiler to be
> > > built, that program _cannot be free_ according to the GPL.  But do we
> > > consider it free?
> >
> > No, we do not.  We're even stricter - you have to be able to built it
> > using packages in the Debian main distribution.
> 	Well, then I think we have a big problem here.  We'll have to
> move to `contrib' one of the packages installed in the bootdisks:
> `syslinux'.
> 	The author (H. Peter Anvin <hpa@zytor.com>) has licensed it as
> GPL, but it needs Turbo Assembler to be built from the sources.
> 	I tried to convert it to use `as86', but it's not easy.

I have some vague recollection (and can't look it up right now) of a  
"free" x86 assembler called something like NASM. If that thing really is  
free enough, I'd expect more luck with that.

MfG Kai

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