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Sender: Mailing list for the LaTeX3 project <[log in to unmask]>
From: David Carlisle <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 1998 23:03:36 GMT
In-Reply-To: <[log in to unmask]> (message from Martin Schroeder on Fri, 13 Nov 1998 21:53:56 +0100)
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> Or you require the packages to have the GPL. That way changes can be
> made when needed by those who need them.

have a look at latex/1600 (a number I still have burned in to my brain
all these years later:-)

GPL is a good model for an implementation, but a very poor model for
something that is defining a user level language (as is a package,
usually) a GPL'ed longtable.sty would allow anyone to issue an
`improved' that is to say, incompatible, longtable.sty at any time, with
the same name. So no documents would be portable, anywhere.