Re: Debian OpenSolaris port, exchange with Sun folks in webforum/MailingList
On Wed, Sep 07, 2005 at 08:32:09AM +0200, Lionel Elie Mamane wrote:
> Wouldn't the C library, of all libs, fall under the "normally
> distributed with the major components of the operating system on which
> the executable runs" clause of the GPL?
Irrelevant. In addition to what Peter said, you should see this clause
in its historical context: when the GPL was written, there was no viable
free operating system; if you wanted to use Free Software, you had to
run it on a non-free operating system. This is an 'escape clause' to
make that possible -- without this clause, you wouldn't even have been
allowed to run emacs on AIX, or so. Which is not the intention.
The amount of time between slipping on the peel and landing on the
pavement is precisely one bananosecond