Re: User's thoughts about LPPL
Frank Mittelbach <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> by producing "special-non-latex" you are required to change its identifaction
> strings which means that this program will identify itself to the user as
> "not-latex" no matter what it is called as a debian package. Of course by
> packaging it with a different name and/or on operating level symlinking it to
> some other name you can clearly try to (and probably succeed in several case)
> confuse your users (receivers of your Debian packages) that they run "latex"
> as it would run on other machines.
Heck no! special-non-latex might have a different identification
string, but one of the jobs of the little "latex" package could be to
mutate the identification string also as it gets printed out.
Now nobody wants to confuse anybody. And the kinds of notice
requirements that you might actually want are actually perfectly
reasonable: requiring, for example, modified versions not to claim in
their ID string to be the original; requiring changes to be clearly
marked, and so forth.
> but if the user calls
> latex foo.tex
> he would then see "This is special-non-latex version xyz" on the terminal.
Naw, not if this weird "latex" thing also mutated the output of
special-non-latex on the way.
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