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Bug#274868: marked as forwarded (Non-free file license in tetex-base)

Your message dated Mon, 04 Oct 2004 17:20:23 +0200
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has caused the Debian Bug report #274868,
regarding Non-free file license in tetex-base
to be marked as having been forwarded to the upstream software
author(s) Thomas Esser <te@dbs.uni-hannover.de>.

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To: Thomas Esser <te@dbs.uni-hannover.de>
Cc: 274868-forwarded@bugs.debian.org, Robert Smith <r_q_smith@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Bug#274868: Non-free file license in tetex-base
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severity 274868 serious

Hallo Thomas,

a Debian user has found that there is a file in teTeX with a non-free

Robert Smith <r_q_smith@yahoo.com> wrote:

> The file
> /usr/share/texmf/tex/generic/misc/letterspacing.tex
> contains the text

| This file, "letterspacing.tex", created by Philip Taylor of RHBNC
| (P.Taylor@Mail.Rhbnc.Ac.Uk) for Kaveh Bazargan of Focal Image
| (Kaveh@Focal.Demon.Co.Uk) may be freely distributed provided that
| no changes whatsoever are made to its contents

> There is no other text to suggest that changing the
> filename or distributing with patch files would be
> acceptable to the author.

This is still the same in the current beta, and I think it is also not
compliant to the policy you follow for teTeX.

Do you know anything about the upstream authors? I couldn't find really
recent hits for them on Google, but the most recent ones (2003 and 2001,
respectively) indicated the old addresses.

Regards, Frank

P.S. I know that you intend teTeX to be a collection of free software -
but I couldn't find anything about that on the homepage at
http://www.tug.org/tetex/. Why not include "provide a TeX system that
consists only of Free Software" in the list of your aims, with a link to
an explanation about your understanding of Free Software?

P.P.S. Robert, when I mark this bug as forwarded this doesn't mean that
I decide not to act on it for sarge.=20

Frank K=FCster, Biozentrum der Univ. Basel
Abt. Biophysikalische Chemie

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