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'[OT]:Is C30 price set by Microchip???'
2005\08\05@183518 by John Nall

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From the website:

Says they sell the C30 compiler for $449.

"Currently on sale for 52% discount - limited time only! Recommend
retail price is $895, and that is the minimum price all other
distributors sell this product for! This special offer is for the
genuine, up to date compiler from Microchip. Shipped in the original
sealed box (from Microchip) with a CD and printed documentation. After
installing this compiler on your computer, you will be able to download
any updates that might have become available from the Microchip's
product page."

What does it all mean?  And why has Microchip put the source code for
C30 under the GNU license?  Inquiring minds want to know.


2005\08\06@003751 by Dmitriy Kiryashov

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Hi John.

I believe they simply sell it for less than MSRP.
( obviously still getting it for quite less than that )
Happens here and there these days with most USA distri-
-buters and retailers trying to undersell each other.

WBR Dmitry.

John Nall wrote:
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2005\08\07@222533 by Matthew Miller

Hi John,

On Fri, Aug 05, 2005 at 06:35:16PM -0400, John Nall wrote:
> ... And why has Microchip put the source code for
> C30 under the GNU license?  Inquiring minds want to know.

The reason for using the license Microchip did is because C30 uses a great
deal of code from GCC; a GPL licensed piece of software. Microchip had to
abide by the license or write their compiler from scratch (or find a
compiler with a more liberal license, or pay some money). Visit
<> for links to more information.

If you write software this type of license my be useful to you (and other


There's no use being precise about something
when you don't even know what you're talking about.
               -- John von Neumann

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