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Re: Latex freedom issues

From: Jean Louis
Subject: Re: Latex freedom issues
Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2021 23:35:36 +0300
User-agent: Mutt/2.0.7+183 (3d24855) (2021-05-28)

* Caleb Herbert <> [2021-06-25 23:28]:
> On Thu, 2021-06-24 at 20:10 -0500, wrote:
> > I was notified by the Hyperbola GNU developers that Latex will be
> > removed.  There is a freedom bug report on:
> >
> Somewhere, RMS said "And TeX was free - just barely."  IIRC, the issue
> is that you have to change the name of the software to redistribute it,
> or something.
> Honestly, I will not trust any alleged freedom concerns coming from
> Parabola and Hyperbola folks.  Their policies are extremely strict,
> more strict than most FSDG distros.  Just look at the your-privacy
> package!  They're getting into users' business way too much.
> > Would this issue affect other FSF approved distros?
> Probably.  I left the FSF-approved ghettos once Python packages were
> not repackaged under a free repository, but simply REMOVED.  Honestly,
> I'm getting tired of all this.  

I understand, it is your choice. Fully free FSF endorsed distributions
are taking care not to drive users to non-free software. Python
repository has unclear licensing issues and thus is not
recommended. Nothing forbid you to install software yourself.


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