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Re: We distribute LyX?

On Fri, 22 Jan 1999, David Starner wrote:

> Navindra Umanee wrote:
> > 
> > Montreal Fri Jan 22 13:45:25 1999
> > 
> > David Starner <dstarner98@aasaa.ofe.org> wrote:
> > > I use LyX as my main word processor, and it's found in Contrib.
> > 
> > Then why send this email?  It is only likely to start a long flame war
> > with the potential result of having LyX removed from Contrib.  Is that
> > what you want?
> What I want is for Debian to hold to the principles it has set itself. I
> feel LyX has some of the same problems as KDE, and that if there was
> agreement on that, that the similar actions should be taken. I feel that
> Debian-legal could discuss it rationally.
> The only reason I included the first line was to make it clear what
> LyX's place in Debian is and that I wasn't attacking it out of
> maliciousness. If it comes down to that - where it gets removed from
> contrib - I will write a polite email to the authors concerning the
> license and download the code and compile it myself. I might also find
> the time to convert LyX to a free toolkit like GTK or FLTK.

LyX comes with an EXPLICIT permission to link with XForms already,
something that KDE doesn't have.  Since LyX was designed for the toolkit
in the first place, there is no conflict with the licence (which they
actually clarified for us some few months ago.  Debian's objections with
KDE have always been that KDE doesn't list said permission, and have
modified other people's code for which they don't have the right to grant
said permission anyway.  KLyX is an interesting case, since the original
LyX author performed the port (although I understand that the rest of the
LyX team wasn't particularly happy that he didn't do it in a way to make
LyX more toolkit-neutral).

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