Re: libgd-perl moving to PNG
David Huggins-Daines <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> I would like to continue to have the current (non-free, GIF-using) package
> available, but probably under a different name. If they both contain GD.pm
> and GD.so, though, I will either have to make them conflict, or have them
> divert these files - opinions?
There's no good reason for libgd-perl to be in non-free, that I
can see. The current bad reason for libgd-perl to be in non-free
is that it uses libgd from non-free (which would actually place
libgd-perl in contrib, go figure). For its part, libgd is in
non-free because *older versions* had LZW compression code.
Newer versions of libgd use run-length compression instead, which
is not patented.
Couldn't you just fix this? There's a 252-day-old bug
(Bug#35167) on this subject. Please, take a look at it.
IMO, the proper solution is to release a libgd that supports
*BOTH* GIF and PNG, and I see no reason why this shouldn't or
couldn't be done.
Just my $2e-02.