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"C.M. Connelly" <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 25 Jun 2002 22:56:04 -0700
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"DA" == Donald Arseneau <[log in to unmask]>

    DA> I have another problem with the use of LPPL for
    DA> contributed packages: it has no provision for the
    DA> author/supporter "disappearing" from LaLa LaTeX land, and
    DA> prevents anybody from adopting support in perpetuity.
    DA> This is not really a problem for the LaTeX core
    DA> distribution.

That's the main issue that I (personally) see as a problem with
the LPPL.  As I said in previous exchanges (mostly with Robin),
none of the Debian people who have qualms have articulated those
qualms in public.

- From my mail, it looks like two of them are likely to be

   * Restrictions on distribution -- requiring the distribution of
     the source (dtx and ins files) as well as the derived files
     (sty, tex, ps, pdf, etc.), despite the appearance of
     copyright statements.  (Debian currently distributes a
     separate tetex-source package that contains the dtx and ins

   * Questions about the requirement to rename modified files.

If you want to get a better idea of what some of the more
``hard-line'' Debian people are thinking, I (or Frank) could
submit the text of Frank's changes to the
<[log in to unmask]> mailing list for discussion or
invite interested parties from that list to join latex-l for (at
least) the duration of this discussion.


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  C.M. Connelly               [log in to unmask]                   SHC, DS
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