[time-nuts] Open source GPSDO

David Kirkby david.kirkby at onetel.net
Thu Dec 6 20:55:35 UTC 2012

On 6 December 2012 20:33, Chuck Harris <cfharris at erols.com> wrote:
> If by OpenSource he means that he used the OpenSource
> tool chain, and libraries, and then is keeping his source
> and executables closed, he may be in violation of
> the GNU licenses.
> -Chuck Harris

According to the web page


the code is written in "Microsoft Quick Basic 3.2 compiler syntax".
So it is not an open-source tool chain.

I'm not sure what you mean by "OpenSource tool chain", but if you are
thinking of gcc, then there is a special GCC RUNTIME LIBRARY


so you can use gcc to create closed-source software, despite the fact
gcc is a GPL program.

As a reader of the gcc mailing lists, it is a fairly common question
on there, from people who want to use gcc for closed-source software,
but are not sure if it legal to do so. The answer is yes, you can use
gcc for commerical closed-source software.


> David Kirkby wrote:
>> On 6 December 2012 18:28, Murray Greenman <denwood at orcon.net.nz> wrote:
>>> Keenan,
>>> You can see my GPSDO source code for a mere $50. It comes with manual and
>>> executables. The executables alone are $20.
>>> See http://www.qsl.net/zl1bpu/MICRO/SIMPLE/SimpleGPS.htm
>> Murray ,
>> There's a huge difference between open-source and paying $50 to view
>> the code for ones own use.
>> Even if the code was cost just $0.01, but the code was not open to
>> public scrutiny, it detracts from its value. I've no objection to you,
>> or anyone else writing code for proffit - I have done it myself many
>> times. But your code is not open-source, and does not have the
>> advantages that open-source code has - open to public scrutiny,
>> ability to share improvements with the community etc. I can't quite
>> work out why the title is "Open source GPSDO" when the code is not
>> open-source.
> _______________________________________________
> time-nuts mailing list -- time-nuts at febo.com
> To unsubscribe, go to
> https://www.febo.com/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/time-nuts
> and follow the instructions there.

More information about the time-nuts mailing list