Tue Aug 12 13:18:55 GMT 2003 GCC considers dropping SCO support
Slashdot reports that GCC has added a new README.SCO file:
As all users of GCC will know, SCO has recently made claims concerning alleged copyright infringement by recent versions of the operating system kernel called Linux. SCO has made irresponsible public statements about this supposed copyright infringement without releasing any evidence of the infringement, and has demanded that users of Linux, the kernel most often used with the GNU system, pay for a license. This license is incompatible with the GPL, and in the opinion of the Free Software Foundation such a demand unquestionably violates the GNU General Public License under which the kernel is distributed. We have been urged to drop support for SCO Unix from this release of GCC, as a protest against this irresponsible aggression against free software and GNU/Linux. However, the direct effect of this action would fall on users of GCC rather than on SCO. For the moment, we have decided not to take that action. The Free Software Foundation's overriding goal is to protect the freedom of the free software community, including developers and users, but we also want to serve users. Protecting the community from an attack sometimes requires steps that will inconvenience some in the community. Such a step is not yet necessary, in our view, but we cannot indefinitely continue to ignore the aggression against our community taken by a party that has long profited from the commercial distribution of our programs. We urge users of SCO Unix to make clear to SCO their disapproval of the company's aggression against the free software community. We will have a further announcement concerning continuing support of SCO Unix by GCC before our next release.
This is just incredible. It's causing me to lose respect for Linux developers.
Punishing users for the sin of the corporation that produced their OS is incredible in itself, but this supposed "sin" has yet to be proven. What are all these rabid SCO haters going to say if it actually turns out that SCO's contention of IBM's theft is correct?
Ok, so GCC didn't actually drop the support. They do acknowledge that harming innocent users isn't appropriate. But there is a veiled threat here, and I think it is completely inappropriate and unwarranted to even make such a comment.
If by chance it does turn out that IBM is the "bad guy" in this mess, will Linux developers turn their wrath in that direction? Somehow I doubt it. Linux needs IBM, and my guess is that Slashdot would be filled with a whole lot of exculpatory double-talk.
Well, we'll see. But even if SCO is in the wrong here (and I certainly don't negate that possibility), punishing users is inexcusable.
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