Subject: Re: programs vs. libraries
From: Russell Nelson <nelson@crynwr.com>
Date: 29 Aug 1998 14:00:25 -0000

shap@eros.cis.upenn.edu writes:
 > >  > 1. Running gcc on top of Solaris doesn't require me to free Solaris.
 > >  >    You seem to suggest that running Linux on top of EROS is different
 > >  >    in some way.  I'ld appreciate your thoughts on why the two cases
 > >  >    are not parallel.
 > > 
 > > You're not the publisher of Solaris, so you have no such obligation.
 > 
 > This ducks the point.  Plenty of people at Sun run GCC internally.
 > Suppose I were the publisher of Solaris for the sake of argument.

You're conflating multiple causes here.  There's 1) the legal system,
2) your sense of morality, 3) the expectation of the publisher, and
4) the expectation of your customers.  As far as I can tell, the
expectation of customers is changing.

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