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Re: TeX Licenses & teTeX (Was: Re: forwarded message from Jeff Licquia)

> From: tb@becket.net (Thomas Bushnell, BSG)
> Date: 05 Aug 2002 19:46:09 -0700

> You cannot modify tex.web at all, but you are free to patch it with
> what you want and distribute the results, including binaries made from
> it.  This is exactly the sort of thing that DFSG 4 had in mind,
> indeed, TeX has been the classic example of the implementation of DFSG
> 4.

A hypothetical question. LaTeX has a facility of patching at compile
time -- the loading of system-wide or user-wide .cfg files. Would you
consider LaTeX license DFSG-free if it would explicitly mention this
patching facility? 

> Computer Modern is a different matter.  If the font files really
> prohibit modifications, then that is unfortunate.  Someone (perhaps
> the tetex maintainer?) should ask Knuth for a change to his license.
> For example, "you may modify these files, provided you do not call
> them the Computer Modern fonts".  Or perhaps a notification that the

Why do you not consider the same patching as above? You *can* patch CM
using virtual fonts facility. I do not think there are restrictions on
.vf files you can use with TeX.

Good luck


"Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for you are crunchy and good
with ketchup."

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