public inbox for
 help / color / mirror / Atom feed
From: Mark Mitchell <>
Subject: SCO Litigation
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2003 18:10:00 -0000	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)

[-- Attachment #1: Type: text/plain, Size: 360 bytes --]

The FSF has asked me to call attention to the fact that the GCC 3.3.1
release contains the attached text in the file README.SCO.

This file was written by Richard Stallman and Eben Moglen and reflects
the views of the FSF.

All questions or comments about this material should be directed to the

Mark Mitchell
CodeSourcery, LLC

[-- Attachment #2: README.SCO --]
[-- Type: text/x-readme, Size: 1700 bytes --]

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

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.

                 reply	other threads:[~2003-08-11 18:10 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: [no followups] expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed

Reply instructions:

You may reply publicly to this message via plain-text email
using any one of the following methods:

* Save the following mbox file, import it into your mail client,
  and reply-to-all from there: mbox

  Avoid top-posting and favor interleaved quoting:

* Reply using the --to, --cc, and --in-reply-to
  switches of git-send-email(1):

  git send-email \ \ \ \

* If your mail client supports setting the In-Reply-To header
  via mailto: links, try the mailto: link
Be sure your reply has a Subject: header at the top and a blank line before the message body.
This is a public inbox, see mirroring instructions
for how to clone and mirror all data and code used for this inbox;
as well as URLs for read-only IMAP folder(s) and NNTP newsgroup(s).