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Re: regarding the Solaris trap
- From: Andrew Walrond <andrew at walrond dot org>
- To: libc-alpha at sources dot redhat dot com
- Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2005 08:36:58 +0000
- Subject: Re: regarding the Solaris trap
- References: <41FF145B.firstname.lastname@example.org>
On Tuesday 01 February 2005 05:32, Ulrich Drepper wrote:
> Some people might have heard about Sun's release of the Solaris sources
> under their dubious license. This license is obviously intended to be
> incompatible with the GPL. Therefore:
> Nobody who intends to contribute to glibc must look at anything but the
> public header files of the Solaris libc and related libraries.
> If you did or intend to do, don't send any patches. Reporting bugs is
> OK, but do not go into any details regarding the implementation they
> use. We will be extra careful to require assignments for any
> significant piece of work. If you assign code and embed into
> contributed code any knowledge of that implementation, you are
> invalidating the assignment. It is especially important that everybody
> with blanket assignments in place follows this.
> It's a trap, don't fall into it.
Assuming this trap is real and intentional, you paint Sun in a most unpleasant
light. And I assume this dire warning is equally applicable to the linux
Is this discussed in more depth elsewhere? I'd like to understand the nature
of this trap.