Re: Eclipse 3.0 Running ILLEGALY on Kaffe
On Sat, Jan 15, 2005 at 02:45:23PM -0500, Brian Thomas Sniffen wrote:
> >> Not quite true. It also incorporates the GNU Classpath libraries
> >> which are distributed with / part of Kaffe. There clearly are
> >> bindings provided there. The GNU Classpath package is GPL'd,
> >> right?
> > GNU classpath is GPL+linking exception which allows it to link with
> > code that is licensed with GPL non-compatible licenses.
> Thanks. That sounds like an important piece of evidence. So
> certainly the GNU Classpath authors think that their code is copied
> into programs built using it, and the GPL restricts that copying.
> I would assume that the same applies to Kaffe.
Well, if gcc has an explicit "output of this program isn't subject to
the GPL", even though the FSF says that the output of a program
is generally not subject to the terms of the program outputting it
anyway, that probably means that it *might* be arguably subject to
it (depending on how much of gcc ends up in gcc's output), and the FSF
is giving an explicit exception to eliminate any doubt.
So, I wouldn't read too far into what the authors think based on the
existance of an exception (not to the extent of "certainly"); there
are legitimate reasons to make exceptions, even when they're expected
to be a no-op.