Posted Oct 2, 2008 23:50 UTC (Thu) by faramir (subscriber, #2327)
Parent article: Plugging into GCC
Let me get this straight. It will be okay to provide proprietary GCC plugins, but most things actually compiled with it will have to be distributed under the GPL.
What are the chances that Novell would pay someone $$ for a proprietary GCC plugin, if the resulting SUSE binaries were 10% faster then the binaries other people could generate from the same source code?
Seems to me that this proposed solution could have the worst possible effect. i.e. Making it harder for people to regenerate binaries from source code. A variant of tivoization for all GPLed software.