Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 10th May 2009 22:22 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes And another week passes us by. This week we were informed about two projects replacing some GNU software with alternatives, FreeBSD, KDE, OpenOffice.org, and Windows 7 did new releases, Psystar replied to Apple's allegations (and the Apple world completely ignored it), and Chrome users were the most up-to-date with their browsers. This week's my take is a prelude to the one for next week.
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moving away from gnu software?
by cycoj on Mon 11th May 2009 02:28 UTC
cycoj
Member since:
2007-11-04

I think the debian move to eglibc cannot be seen as a move away from the gnu software. Firstly, eglibc has the same licence as glibc, the LGPL or lesser GNU public licence. Secondly, eglibc follows the same copyright assignment rules as glibc, i.e. the FSF owns the copyright to eglibc as well.

See http://www.eglibc.org/faq:

Because all changes to EGLIBC meet the FSF's requirements for inclusion in GLIBC ...


So by no means a move away from GNU software.

J

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Valhalla Member since:
2006-01-24

cycoj wrote:
-"I think the debian move to eglibc cannot be seen as a move away from the gnu software. Firstly, eglibc has the same licence as glibc, the LGPL or lesser GNU public licence. Secondly, eglibc follows the same copyright assignment rules as glibc, i.e. the FSF owns the copyright to eglibc as well."

Yeah, I guess Thom was desperately looking for a trend of 'projects leaving gnu' or something. Also Freebsd wanting to drop gcc for llvm isn't exactly a shocker since afaik they haven't upgraded gcc from 4.2.1 (due to not liking gplv3 iirc).

Either way it's great that a large and complex project like an operating system is focusing on using llvm since that will expose alot of the functionality that llvm/clang needs in order to mature into a stable and complete solution and hopefully it will also help speed development up a bit.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Yeah this isn't one of my finest phrasing moment there :/. It was late, had a loooong weekend, you know how it is ;) . Fixing right now.

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JoeBuck Member since:
2006-01-11

eglibc is completely GNU software, with all copyrights assigned to the Free Software Foundation. It's an effort to bypass a recalcitrant release manager. If Drepper doesn't learn to work and play well with others soon, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Free Software Foundation eventually de-recognizing his branch and calling the eglibc branch the official GNU libc. That's exactly what happened with the egcs split, and the eglibc people are following the exact same model.

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