[tex-live] Problem with pax.win32
zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Sun Mar 30 20:06:44 CEST 2014
2014-03-30 19:43 GMT+02:00 Philip Taylor <P.Taylor at rhul.ac.uk>:
> Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
>> We considered Active Perl in 2007 already and came to the conclusion
>> that its license is much too restrictive for TeX Live.
>> Not only distribution is problematic, there are severe restictions
>> on usage, especially in commercial environments. I've installed TeX
>> Live on a server at work, hence the Active State license is
>> completely inacceptable.
> Could the installer not ask "Is this is personal, academic, commercial
> or other installation ?", and proceed accordingly ?
>> Since Siep compiled Perl herself, the Perl shipped with TeX Live is
>> under GPL. This is very important. I've been using TeX Live at
>> work for many years and it's a requirement that I can use it without
>> any restrictions and that I don't have to worry about licenses.
>> I don't see any advantages in a replacement.
> Surely the advantages are manifest ? If the replacement were a full
> Perl that could execute all the Perl scripts included as standard
> in a TeX Live distribution, would that not be of enormous benefit
> to TeX Live users whose operating system does not of itself include
> a full Perl distribution ?
> However, before proceeding any further with this line of argument,
> let us also consider Martin's comment :
> Martin Schröder wrote:> 2014-03-30 16:56 GMT+02:00 Robin Fairbairns
>> OTOH we only want free software on the DVDs.
> If the content of TeX Live is dictated, even in part, by overtly
> political considerations such as the above, then any further argument
> on a more rational basis will be a complete and utter waste of time,
> and I shall therefore say no more on this topic.
You should send the complaint to the developers of non-free software.
Or do you wish to turn TeX Live to a non-free distribution and force
users to pay for it?
> Philip Taylor
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