Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Jun 2011 14:23 UTC, submitted by Valhalla
General Development "PathScale announced today that the EKOPath 4 Compiler Suite is now available as an open source project and free download for Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris. This release includes documentation and the complete development stack, including compiler, debugger, assembler, runtimes and standard libraries. EKOPath is the product of years of ongoing development, representing one of the industries highest performance Intel 64 and AMD C, C++ and Fortran compilers." More here.
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lemur2
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The question is, if a GPL compiler does not restrict the license of compiled works, why is the GCC GNU exception needed in the first place? Why not place any runtime libraries under LGPL? I'd imagine other people want to know too, but by now they're intimidated from asking.


This question has already been asked, and answered. The small libraries included by GCC into compiled works are not major elements of GCC, and so the works compiled by GCC are not derived works of GCC, under the definitions in copyright law.

However, the authors of GCC did not want users of GCC to have to rely on this, it would likely be seen by some people as tenuous and indirect. Detractors of free software could spread doubt about using GCC.

Far better to simply say, straight out right there in the GCC license itself, that these small libraries are exempt. Then no-one could possibly have any doubts about them.

Edited 2011-06-18 10:26 UTC

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