[tex-live] bugzilla at redhat.com: [Bug 229180] Review Request: texlive-texmf - Architecture independent parts of the TeX formatting system

Frank Küster frank at kuesterei.ch
Sat Sep 15 21:38:53 CEST 2007

Maarten Sneep <maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl> wrote:

> On Sep 15, 2007, at 09:51, Robin Fairbairns wrote:
>> i propose a simple response saying the team has been very careful
>> about
>> licensing, and would welcome any contrary views about licences.
> It may be worth pointing out that Debian has packages for TeXLive,
> and has conducted an audit of the licenses:
> http://packages.debian.org/changelogs/pool/main/t/texlive-base/
> texlive-base_2005.dfsg.3-1/texlive-base.copyright
> This may form a basis to start from. 

Yes, it may - but it is far from complete.

However, if you point to our efforts, you should also mention that we
tried to push as much information to upstream as possible:  Our
copyright file, in the part that lists licenses of individual CTAN
packages, is automatically generated from the information in the TeX
Catalogue, and Norbert and I got write access to the catalogue to keep
the information there up-to-date.

I'd really appreciate if other teams who do license auditing like this
would also try to share their results in a similar way.  In the
changelogs of the Debian packages, before I got involved, there are two
earlier "large big damn big comprehensive license audits", but we had to
start from scratch since there was no information available except "all
non-free parts which used to be in there and where found are now purged".

Regards, Frank
Frank Küster
Debian Developer (teTeX/TeXLive)

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