What is the point of free and open source software?

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  • llvm-project

    The LLVM Project is a collection of modular and reusable compiler and toolchain technologies. Note: the repository does not accept github pull requests at this moment. Please submit your patches at http://reviews.llvm.org.

    One illustration of this came in 2015 when Stallman decided he would rather prevent the Gnu Compiler Collection from supporting modern IDE features like symbol completion, than allow GCC front ends to be paired with free-but-not-copyleft backends like LLVM and Clang: "Since LLVM and Clang are not copylefted, they invite nonfree extensions. They are a gaping hole in the defensive wall around our city." Allowing full access to GCC's internals would have obvious technical benefits, and as far as I know Stallman advanced no technical argument against the proposal. Disallowing it put the project at a significant disadvantage at a time when its influence was already waning. The message was clear: GCC exists to serve FSF, not the other way around.

  • gcc

    Docker Official Image packaging for gcc (by docker-library)

    One illustration of this came in 2015 when Stallman decided he would rather prevent the Gnu Compiler Collection from supporting modern IDE features like symbol completion, than allow GCC front ends to be paired with free-but-not-copyleft backends like LLVM and Clang: "Since LLVM and Clang are not copylefted, they invite nonfree extensions. They are a gaping hole in the defensive wall around our city." Allowing full access to GCC's internals would have obvious technical benefits, and as far as I know Stallman advanced no technical argument against the proposal. Disallowing it put the project at a significant disadvantage at a time when its influence was already waning. The message was clear: GCC exists to serve FSF, not the other way around.

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