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Re: Groff vs Heirloom troff

From: John Gardner
Subject: Re: Groff vs Heirloom troff
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2020 18:31:53 +1000

Even if the entire world agreed on licensing, there'd still be
disagreements about implementation or philosophy.

Lack of "unity" is part of what makes open source what it is.

On Mon, 27 Jul 2020 at 07:34, Marc Chantreux <> wrote:

> hello Ingo,
> thanks for this detailed anwser.
> > The reason i'm sticking to groff is that groff has been the typesetter
> > predominantly used by BSD systems during the last 25 years, that
> i think everyone else have good reasons to be stuck on its own prefered
> implementation.
> > I think it's a general phenomenon that you can't have full unification
> > among Free Software projects.  The best you can usually get is some
> > cooperation to improve compatibility.
> indeed.
> regards
> Marc

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