Re: Draft new DFSG
We are going to have to deal with this same issue with respect to test
suites which support a "standard". There are compelling reasons for this
in a standards environment, and as long as other tests are allowed to be
added to the suite, I believe we must consider these licenses as free.
Just because the object in question is not allowed to be changed, doesn't
necessarily reduce its freedom. Declaring such objects non-free definitely
restricts its freedom.
On Wed, 25 Nov 1998, Anselm Lingnau wrote:
> Joseph Carter writes:
> > That looks very non-free anyway. No provision for patches even.
> The `auxiliary file' mentioned in the copyright notice amounts to a
> patch. It is fairly clumsy compared to `real' patch files but it works.
> Actually, it should be reasonably easy to get GNU diff to emit `change
> files' that the TeX support tools can understand.
> Anyway, even RMS considers TeX free enough to declare it part of a GNU
> system. We'd look quite silly if we were to pronounce TeX non-free.
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