is the license of gsview okay?
I am interested in gsview which is famous in Windows users
and a kind of ghostview or gv. But I am not sure if its license
permits us to upload to Debian or not.
(You can get the original source from
It says as follows:
GSview is copyright by Ghostgum Software Pty Ltd.
GSview is distributed with the Aladdin Free Public Licence.
This licence is contained in the file /usr/share/doc/gsview/LICENCE
GSview uses pstotext in an external DLL. pstotext was written by
Andrew Birrell and Paul McJones. It is
Copyright (C) 1995-1996, Digital Equipment Corporation.
See the licence in pstotext.txt or pstotext.zip for more details.
pstoedit is Copyright by Wolfgang Glunz and is licensed with
the GNU Public Licence (GPL). Binaries are included in
GSview with the permission of Wolfgang Glunz.
I think the first paragraph is okay for non-free because
it is the same with gs-aladdin.
The second paragraph mentioned pstotext.txt and it is a bit
long so I attatched it after the question on the third paragraph.
I guess the third paragraph seems problematic. pstoedit is
under GPL and gsview itself is under AFPL so, generally,
they contradict each other. Is it okay because there is the
permission of Wolfgang Glunz?
Now the main part of pstotext.txt.
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