[fpc-devel] Delphi XE2 uses FPC for iOS target

Thaddy thaddy at thaddy.com
Sun Aug 7 20:19:18 CEST 2011

On 7-8-2011 18:50, Jonas Maebe wrote:
> I hope so. The main problem I see with that is that they would become 
> somewhat "tainted" by the FPC source code if they do so, which may 
> make it harder to work on their own compiler later on. As long as they 
> don't start blatantly copying code from FPC into their own compiler 
> (like some people did in the past with Delphi RTL code into the FPC 
> RTL) I don't think anyone who has contributed to the compiler would 
> really care if they learned a bunch of stuff from our code base, but 
> of course they have lawyers who almost certainly will care a lot. This 
> can of course be solved in various ways (have someone who normally 
> does not work on their compiler work on ours, hire a someone 
> temporarily to do that work, external contractor, ...). 
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I would not be surpised at all if they have done so. After all, they 
really appreciated the clean-room stuff done on FPC's RTL. This might 
sound strange after legal threads, but that is how California works. 
They are still very capable of destroying parts of the FreePascal 
community, especially Lazarus, in at least the USA and based on their 
strong patent portfolio if they would take up legal action. This is 
something that should not be forgotten: see the Sun->Oracle-> Sue you 
Google about Android.

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