[tex-live] Strange license of ukhyphen
karl at freefriends.org
Thu May 25 23:33:30 CEST 2006
So if one of you have good contacts with the UKTUG heads I would suggest
discussing this topic again.
I spent a long time writing Phil Taylor, Dominik W., and Graham Toal
about this, and the current license is the result. The previous license
forbade modifications at all, as I recall. Phil will definitely not
accept any proposal to use a standard license, so writing him about that
would be a waste of time.
This is definitely not DFSG free, and also not FSF free, so normally I
would expect that we cannot include it in TeX live.
I'm not sure why you conclude it is not FSF free. I think it is FSF
free (rms reluctantly accepted original latex with the "must rename"
clause). I don't plan to remove it from TL.
I fail to see any significant difference between saying "you can't
redistribute a modified version under the name hyphen.tex", and "you
can't redistribute a modified version under the names hyphen.tex,
hyphenfoo.tex, and hyphenbar.tex". Which would be analogous to what's
going on here. Or is hyphen.tex (and plain.tex and ...) also not
DFSG-free? Presumably you've already concluded they are ok, or Debian
would have removed TeX entirely.
If Phil was trying to lay claim to generic filenames, I would see that
as a serious problem, but he's not.
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