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Re: forwarded message from Jeff Licquia

> Now, I realize that you don't say this in so many words.  But all of the
> restrictions on filenames and the business about Current Maintainers
> make very little sense otherwise.  Certainly those clauses in the
> license don't give people a sense of cooperation and trust.
> It might be instructive to see if that's really the feeling among people
> associated with LaTeX.  If not, then perhaps you could be a little less
> paranoid about changes to LaTeX that are well-documented.  

If you are really interested in the views of LaTeX users,
why not ask on comp.text.tex ?
I'm quite certain you will find that 99% of LaTeX users support Frank 100%,
and do NOT want Debian or anyone else distributing "improved" versions of article.cls ,
even if they correct what their authors consider to be "bugs".

On a technical point, I would have thought
that any conceivable change to article.cls
could be encompassed in a package (.sty file),
and you could simply tell people that you think article class
is greatly improved if you usepackage{debianmods} or whatever.

I've used TeX and Linux since they each came out,
and I have no sense that one is "free-er" than the other.
I don't even see the distinction you make regarding Current Maintainers.
Could I distribute a modified version of Linux without Torvald's permission?
I hope not.

Timothy Murphy  
e-mail: tim@birdsnest.maths.tcd.ie
tel: 086-233 6090
s-mail: School of Mathematics, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland

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