Re: User's thoughts about LPPL
Frank Mittelbach <email@example.com> wrote:
> Thomas Bushnell, BSG writes:
> > Indeed, I can do two things:
> > Make a derivate work of latex, which is variant, and called
> > "special-non-latex".
> > Make a package with no derivatives of latex at all, which contains a
> > single symlink: 'latex -> special-non-latex'.
> > Happy with that?
> for the kernel it is a bit tricky, but for packages under LPPL (and the
> majority of software which was put by their authors under LPPL) it is not a
> the moment somebody has a document that loads your fudged package
> into LaTeX , LaTeX will detect that you are trying to sail under a
> stolen flag and that is the whole purpose.
I must have missed something. Why will the special-non-latex detect
that it is not the real latex? I didn't think that it had internal
checks (which I could take out anyway). Why would the end user know
that anything different has happened? Unless they read the output,
which I thought the LPPL people thought didn't happen enough.
p.s. Thanks a lot, Frank, for keeping up the discussion. I'm amazed
at your stamina.
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