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Re: [gNewSense-users] unclear licence of AMSLatex (fwd)

From: Karl Goetz
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] unclear licence of AMSLatex (fwd)
Date: Fri, 25 Sep 2009 14:59:24 +0930

On Fri, 25 Sep 2009 00:20:33 +0200
Sam Geeraerts <address@hidden> wrote:

> ben schreef:
> > Frank Kuester, the maintainer of the Debian texlive-base package,
> > clarified some things in a comment to the Debian bug report
> > (#477060):
> > 
> > Sorry, I don't have time to subscribe and really join in. Just two
> > points:

No problem.
I've CC'd the bug report as I hope you can confirm some items.
Apologies in advance if you'd rather we don't in future.

> > - In all systems following the TDS, path does matter, and moving a
> > file from $TEXMF/tex/latex/ams/ to $TEXMF/myengine/latex/ams/ will
> > make it inaccessible for LaTeX in a usual setup.
> So if we'd have to rename directories there would be a problem. I
> assume that's not AMS' intention.
> Renaming files wouldn't be a problem if AMS allows aliases and
> keeping the package ID. AFAICT, they do in the current wording, but
> the question is: is that also what they mean?

Frank, is this your understanding too?

> > All in all, since Debian has a special exception to allow software
> > that requires renaming of modified files, I don't care much whether
> > the licensor does it "properly" (like using the LPPL) or naively.
> I'm not sure I follow this. Does "a special exception" mean: "we
> > kind
> of think it's not free, but we allow it anyway"? Anyway, probably not 
> relevant to gNewSense.

I assume this is a DFSG/policy exception (similar to the requirement of
all changes being distributed as diffs).

TBH, I'd prefer the 'changes as diffs' approach over 'rename on
change', but thats just me being a pain.

Karl Goetz, (Kamping_Kaiser / VK5FOSS)
Debian contributor / gNewSense Maintainer
No, I won't join your social networking group

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