Re: About the GPL
From: Lew Pitcher (Lew.Pitcher_at_td.com)
Date: Fri, 07 Nov 2003 09:48:17 -0500
> Hi everybody,
> Is it possible to create commercial applications for the Linux Platform ?
Certainly, it is. Take a look at IBM's DB2 (database) or Lotus Corp Domino,
or even SAP's SAP product.
> I mean, the company where I work is investigating the possibility to port
> our work on the linux platform - but after reading the GNU GPL license
> terms, we understand that if we use GPL-licensed code in our work, whe have
> to make our own work GPL'ed too, which is not good for us :-(
Correct. If you use someone elses code, you have to abide by their
requirements for that use. It's no different than if you use Microsoft's
code in a product developed for MSWindows; you have to abide by Microsoft's
licencing requirements for their product.
In this case, /if/ you use GPL'ed code in your product, you will have to
abide by the GPL licence.
> So, for instance, if we use the GCC compiler, is the software compiled for
> it will be GPL'ed too?
No. The GPL for the GCC compiler only applies to the code that implements
the GCC compiler. The licence for the GCC compiler would apply /if/ you
incorporate the code of the GCC compiler into your product.
The GPL licence for the GCC compiler does not extend to any code you
/compile/ with the compiler.
In any case, if you are worried, go purchase a compiler instead. Intel sells
a dual-language (C and C++) compiler for Linux on Intel platform that is
/not/ licenced using the GPL.
> Thanks for any help!
-- Lew Pitcher, IT Consultant, Application Architecture Enterprise Technology Solutions, TD Bank Financial Group (Opinions expressed here are my own, not my employer's)