[tex-k] [rhn-admin@rhn.redhat.com: RHN Errata Alert: Command execution vulnerability in dvips]

Kevin Cahill cahill@helix.nih.gov
Sun, 03 Nov 2002 19:42:19 -0500

As one who uses both TeX and Red Hat Linux
without being associated with the creation of either product,
it seems to me that the TeX community periodically should construct
complete, medium-size, and small bundles of tex, latex, pdftex, fonts, 
etc., for distribution by Red Hat, Debian, et al.
It is unreasonable to expect those who distribute linux
to become experts in the arcane texnical details
of TeX and all the other applications that they distribute.

Jan Nieuwenhuizen wrote:
> Reinhard Kotucha <reinhard@kammer.uni-hannover.de> writes:
>>In my opinion, the best way to go is to put dvips under the LPPL.
>>Then dvips would be dvips and RedHat has to distribute it under
>>another name, i.e. "dvips_broken_by_RedHat".
> And you'll get xdvi_broken_by_RedHat and
> texinfo.tex_broken_by_RedHat...
> It's up to Red Hat to change the software in the way they think their
> users will like it best.  It's up to the user to choose a distribution
> that makes the choices that she likes best.
> Jan.

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