How To Break The GPL

David Starner dvdeug at
Mon Mar 6 14:14:57 UTC 2000

On Mon, Mar 06, 2000 at 12:27:53PM +0100, Martin Konold wrote:
> Recent comments from RMS have shown that he does not accept the "system
> component exception" anymore.

That's not true. The "system component exception" was designed to let
you link to proprietary libc's and libX11's on proprietary systems
where you have little to no option. I've never heard RMS complain
about that. It's when people interpret it to let them evade GPL that
RMS gets annoyed, since it is very carefully worded to avoid that,
and people rarely take note of the wording when they abuse it.

David Starner - dstarner98 at
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square brackets. But that's what mathematicians are.
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