Re: TeX Licenses & teTeX (Was: Re: forwarded message from Jeff Licquia)
> From: email@example.com (Thomas Bushnell, BSG)
> Date: 07 Aug 2002 15:34:43 -0700
> Boris Veytsman <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > TeX and LaTeX are not just great programs. They are also document
> > exchange programs. I need to know that TeX on my installation is the
> > same as TeX on the e-print server or on my publisher's machine.
> But why do you need that the TeX that John Doe uses is the same as
We already discussed this. Because this is the goal of TeX. That is
why TeX uses scaled point for calculations. The aim is to have exactly
same output on same machines.
> Why do you need to insist that if John Doe and Jane Froe exchange a
> document, and call it "tex format", that they must be legally
> obligated to be using the same exchange mechanism as you?
I do not need this. I do not need any restriction on John User. I need
a restriction on *you*, or rather, Jack Distributor. Namely, I need
the restriction for Jack Distributor to distribute a "slightly
incompatible" TeX *and* call it TeX to unsuspecting John. I have no
qualms if Jack distributes unTeX, newTeX or e-TeX (the latter, by the
way, *is* distributed and is installed on my machine). I just want
John to be able to know what he is getting.
Beware the new TTY code!