[rescue] Re: Being jobless

Phil Stracchino alaric at caerllewys.net
Tue Jul 29 22:30:17 CDT 2003

On Tue, Jul 29, 2003 at 08:05:11PM -0700, Francisco Javier Mesa-Martinez wrote:
> It will be interesting to see if the RISC scheduler improvements made by
> apple and IBM can be returned to the main GCC distribution, last time I
> heard there were some legal issues that prevented the GCC team from
> accepting apple's changes/improvements into the main gcc distribtion.

It wouldn't be the first time this has happened.  Typically some vendor
wants to contribute back their own in-house optimizations for [usually
but not always] their platform, but wants to do so in a non-GPL'd

GCC being GPL'd and all, this tends not to fly.  But most of the time it
ends up getting worked out in the end.

What tends to be more of a barrier is when $VENDOR's *engineers* want to
contribute back their code, but $VENDOR's legal department says "Under
the GPL?  Over our dead bodies."

(At which point the engineers have often been heard to mutter, "That can
be arranged.")

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