Is Apple Now Blocking Contributions To GCC?
Sep 11, 2010, 23 :04 UTC
“Yesterday on the mailing list for GCC is was brought up if Apple’s Objective-C 2.0 patches for the GNU Compiler Collection could be merged back into the upstream GCC code-base as maintained by the Free Software Foundation. Even though Apple’s modified GCC sources still reflect the FSF as the copyright holder and are licensed under the GNU GPLv2+, it doesn’t look like Apple wants their compiler work going back upstream any longer.
“Chris Lattner, who is Apple’s chief architect of their compiler group and also the lead developer of LLVM and Clang, came out to say that whatever Apple pushes to their GCC branch on the Free Software Foundation’s servers they should be able to pull upstream, but not code that’s found within the open-source GCC hosted by Apple on OpenDarwin or anywhere else.”
Too bad, Apple. If you make ANY modification of GPL source code, you are REQUIRED to share your modifications and your modified source code.If you’re not gonna abide by the GPL, then get rid of all GPLed open-source content in your software (Mac OS, etc.).