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Re: Emacs contributions, C and Lisp

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Emacs contributions, C and Lisp
Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:36:17 -0500

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    I'd object, for basically practical reasons.  You can fork code, but you
    cannot fork a community.  A fork of the LLVM codebase under the GPLv3
    makes only sense if you actually add nontrivial nonseparable components
    under the GPLv3 or the code base can be just swapped out.  If you have
    nontrivial nonseparable components, but an actively developed important
    upstream, you need to constantly reintegrate the upstream work in order
    to keep the edge.

That is true.  Legally, we would be allowed to make a copylefted
branch of LLVM.  In practice, it is not a substantive option.  Unless
we were to add important facilities, we would only be pretending to
have changed the situation.

Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation
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