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Re: [fink-core] Running Octave from Fink?

From: Alexander Hansen
Subject: Re: [fink-core] Running Octave from Fink?
Date: Fri, 09 Nov 2012 09:59:30 -0700
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On 11/9/12 9:55 AM, Jordi Gutiérrez Hermoso wrote:
> n 9 November 2012 11:50, Alexander Hansen <address@hidden> wrote:
>> On 11/9/12 9:16 AM, Jordi Gutiérrez Hermoso wrote:
>>> This could be fixed by ensuring that users can get a free distribution
>>> of gcc on Mac OS X, but there are some great difficulties involved
>>> therein, and morever, I believe that a majority of free programs
>>> distributed through Fink, Macports, and Homebrew depend on non-free
>>> libraries specific to Mac OS X, some of which to me do not seem to
>>> fall into the GPL's system library exemption.
>> Why would they _not_ fall under the system library exemption?
> To fall under this exemption, the libraries have to be distributed
> with the OS. The GPLese for this is "is included in the normal form of
> packaging a Major Component, but which is not part of that Major
> Component". Since these are non-free libraries that you have to
> acquire externally instead, they do not seem to me to fall under this
> exemption.
> - Jordi G. H.

Did you read the rest of what I wrote, where I said "the libraries, to
the best of my knowledge, *all come with the OS*"?

Alexander Hansen, Ph.D.
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