Re: spokesman (was Re: User's thoughts about LPPL)
> From: Sam Hartman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Date: Thu, 18 Jul 2002 06:20:32 -0400
> The TeX license is OK because it mandates what we call the program,
> but does not say anything about the API. Even if the binary is called
> uglytex, it's still easy for me to run it over .tex files. If those
> files use macros defined in plain.tex, those macrso can (at our
> option) continue to work in uglytex.
This is exactly the same with LaTeX. If you create a new format
newlatex.fmt and symlink /usr/bin/tex to /usr/bin/newlatex (this is
the UNIX TeX way to use formats), then you have a complete freedom to
load newarticle.cls whenever your document calls article.cls.
In macro languages you can redefine everything -- this is the beauty
of macro languages.
Thank goodness modern convenience is a thing of the remote future.
-- Pogo, by Walt Kelly
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