GPL under MacOS and NewtonOS

John Cowan cowan at
Sun Nov 11 18:21:30 UTC 2001

Paul Guyot scripsit:

> It's about this paragraph of section 3:
> >The source code for a work means the preferred form of the work for 
> >making modifications to it. For an executable work, complete source 
> >code means all the source code for all modules it contains, plus any 
> >associated interface definition files, plus the scripets used to 
> >control compilation and installation of the executable. However, as 
> >a special exception, the source code distributed need not include 
> >anything that is normally distributed (in either source or binary 
> >form) with the major components (compiler, kernel, and so on) of the 
> >operating system on which the executable runs, unless that component 
> >itself accompanies the executable.

I think the deal here is that things normally distributed with
*the compiler* are no problem, even if the compiler isn't normally
distributed with the OS.  After all, Solaris is distributed without
a compiler, and nobody doubts that you can compile GNU utilities
with the (non-free) cc.

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