[tex-live] teTeX: no next release

Frank Küster frank at kuesterei.ch
Tue May 30 10:42:54 CEST 2006

Peter Flynn <peter at silmaril.ie> wrote:

>> I don't understand which "political arguments in the Debian field" you
>> are talking about, can you elaborate?
> Apparently there is some dispute among Debianites as to whether TeX is
> truly free or not, and therefore whether it should even be included in
> their core distro.

I should be aware of that, being one of the maintainers of teTeX in
Debian...  No, the question is *what*exactly* the license conditions of
TeX, the program, are (and of MetaFont, the CM fonts etc.).  In fact
this seems to be all but clear, it also has been disputed, without a
result, on this list recently.

I'm going to dig through the archives to find statements by DEK one of
these days; but it's not going to result in TeX being declared as
non-free by Debian.  At least I would be *very* surprised.

Regards, Frank
Frank Küster
Single Molecule Spectroscopy, Protein Folding @ Inst. f. Biochemie, Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer (teTeX)

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