[tex-live] csLaTeX/csPlain: Any news from Petr Olsak?

Zdenek Wagner wagner at cesnet.cz
Tue Jul 4 16:57:46 CEST 2006

On Tue, 4 Jul 2006, Frank [iso-8859-1] Küster wrote:

> Hi everybody,
> I have tried to contact Petr Olsak a couple of days ago, having hoped
> that, after the end of the thread about csTeX licensing, emotions had
> calmed down a bit, and we could achieve a solution to the license
> problems.  However, I have no yet gotten any answer from him.
> Does anybody know about his whereabouts (maybe he's just on holiday?),
> or does anybody think he's the right person to talk to him?
He is certainly the right person. I'll try to contact him but he may be on

> I feel very uncomfortable with continuing to distribute csTeX with its
> self-contradictory license, "GPL with appendix".  It is
> self-contradictory because the GPL part does not allow me (the
> distributor) to impose any additional (not in the GPL text) restrictions
> on the redistributed files, while the appendix requires me to do so.  In
> consequence, the whole thing seems undistributable except by the
> original author.
> As I understood it, the LPPL is what Petr really wants[1], and it just
> requires some polite and friendly pushing by the right person.
> What do you think?
> Regards, Frank
> [1] "the same as TeX" is what I think he said somewhere.  In writing
> this would mean to s/Donald E. Knuth/Petr Olsak/;s/TeX/csTeX/ in
> ftp://tug.ctan.org/pub/tex-archive/macros/plain/base/README, but I don't
> think this is a text anybody should use today as a new license.  In
> particular, distribution (of original or modified versions) is only
> allowed implicitly.
> --
> Frank Küster
> Single Molecule Spectroscopy, Protein Folding @ Inst. f. Biochemie, Univ. Zürich
> Debian Developer (teTeX)
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