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[News] How the GPL Was Born, GCC 4.5 Almost Here

  • Subject: [News] How the GPL Was Born, GCC 4.5 Almost Here
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 07 Apr 2010 22:39:24 +0100
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Emacs & the birth of the GPL

,----[ Quote ]
| Emacs is not so much a text editor, more a 
| way of life - an "extensible, customisable 
| self-documenting real time display editor" 
| with thousands of ready made extensions 
| that take you way beyond its original remit 
| as a text editor, some of which can be 
| found at the Emacs wiki or on the Emacs 
| Lisp list. 


Emacs and the GPL

,----[ Quote ]
| I quite enjoyed seeing how RMS tempered 
| prophetic statements with unfortunate real-
| world experience. Consider this insight 
| from RMS into why it would be unlikely for 
| a commercial entity to produce something 
| like Emacs:
|     I donât think that anything like EMACS 
|     could have been developed commercially. 
|     Businesses have the wrong attitudes. 
|     The primary axiom of the commercial 
|     world toward users is that they are 
|     incompetent, and that if they have any 
|     control over their system they will 
|     mess it up. The primary goal is to give 
|     them nothing specific to complain 
|     about, not to give them a means of 
|     helping themselves.
| Some 23 years later, on the commerically 
| amazing debut of the iPad, itâs striking 
| how accurate this assessment is!


GCC 4.5 Release Candidate Is Finally Here

,----[ Quote ]
| GCC 4.5 has been running a bit behind 
| schedule due to outstanding regressions, 
| but last week the last of their highest 
| severity regressions were addressed, which 
| paved the way for a release candidate. 
| Today the release candidate for version 4.5 
| of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) has 
| arrived.


EPL/GPL Commentary

,----[ Quote ]
| A while ago, we received a request to take 
| a look at an open letter on the 
| compatibility of the Eclipse Public License 
| (EPL) and the GNU General Public License 
| (GPL). This led to a number of 
| conversations with the Free Software 
| Foundation (FSF) on the topic. What we have 
| learned and the conclusions that we have 
| drawn are outlined below. You can also find 
| the FSFâs summary and conclusions on their 
| blog.



GCC 4.5.0 Status Report (2010-03-31), trunk is frozen

,----[ Quote ]
| We have reached the zero P1 GCC 4.5
| regressions required for a release
| candidate build of GCC 4.5.0.  To allow
| this state to prevail the trunk is frozen
| for non-documentation changes starting
| April 2nd (use your timezone for your
| advantage). A release candidate will not be
| built before the end of Easter.

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