The new GCC runtime library exemption
Posted Jan 29, 2009 15:27 UTC (Thu) by anton
Parent article: The new GCC runtime library exemption
Since those plugins are not GPL-compatible, they render
the compilation process "ineligible" and the resulting code cannot be
distributed in combination with the GCC runtime libraries.
Combining with proprietary code is just fine, but combining with
free software that happens to have been run through a proprietary
optimizing module is not allowed.
The way I understand what you wrote in the article, the exception goes
away with the ineligible compilation process, but GPLv3 remains. So
the resulting code can be distributed under the terms of GPLv3 in
combination with the GCC run-time libraries. And free software that
happes to have been run through a proprietary optimizing module is
allowed, if it's license is GPLv3 compatible (the binary is
distributed under the combination of these licenses).
The effect is that proprietary plugins cannot be used to compile
proprietary software, but they can be used to compile free software.
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