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

From: Ben Abbott
Subject: Re: [fink-core] Running Octave from Fink?
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2012 09:53:49 -0500

On Nov 10, 2012, at 11:08 PM, Richard Stallman wrote:

>    "We cannot allow people to add nonfree code to GPL-covered
>    programs." - not only you _can_, you _do_.
>    I suggest to read the GPL FAQ. As long as there is no distribution
>    of code (and distributing code between the same company sites is
>    _not_ distribution according to the FAQ), people can do with GPL
>    code whatever they like.
> that's true, but aren't we talking about distributing compiled programs?
> That is the only case for which the system library exception is relevant.
> It is an exception in the terms for distributing compiled programs.

We currently have installers for Windows, but not for MacOS X (although we did 
in the past).

For MacOS X, we recommend building and installing using Fink, MacPorts, or 

We do plan to provide binaries for MacOS.  I made a modest attempt using 
MacPorts.  The approach would also work with Fink or Homebrew, but would 
require more effort.

This approach relies upon include files that are bundled with Apple's Xcode 
(free as it costs nothing, but requires registration, legal agreement, etc).  
Using dependency tracking I confirmed that the following include files which 
are under APSL are used to build Octave using MacPorts.


Reading the summary of the gcc runtime library exception, my impression is that 
using these header files is fair game (even though there are complied  before 
"runtime") ?


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