[tex-live] your eqexam package

Philip Taylor (Webmaster, Ret'd) P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Fri Jul 9 12:57:51 CEST 2010

Manuel Pégourié-Gonnard wrote:

> I'd like to avoid a big debate here and now about it, but here is my opinion
> (and to be clear: my a opinion as *a* member of the team, not the official
> position of the whole team):
> - if you understand why it is important for software to be free, I guess you can
> understand why it is important to us for documentation to be free, too.

(1) I (personally) don't believe that it is important for
software to be free; if I did, I couldn't use Microsoft
Windows with a clear conscience.

(2) Even if I did believe that it is important for software
to be free, I cannot see how that would lead me to believe
that documentation must also be free.  In fact, quite the
reverse -- I would believe that the software must be
accompanied by adequate documentation in a platform-neutral
format, but how that documentation was generated would
be of absolutely no concern.

> - freedom of the software and its documentation is not a matter of political
> correctness, it is also in the interest of the "TeX community" as you call it,

I would be more inclined to ascribe value to this statement
if it were backed up by evidence.

> so I think we are serving it by insisting on free documentation. (Though I agree
> that this position has drawbacks too, obviously.)

Well, at least in your final statement we reach agreement :-)

** Phil.

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