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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Non-free packages in debian lenny

From: Karl Berry
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Non-free packages in debian lenny
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 2009 18:03:53 -0500

    texlive-base            # 477060
    texlive-latex-base      # 483217

I am the chief maintainer of TeX Live.  I am not aware of any nonfree
software included (that won't be fixed in the next release).  My policy
is for TeX Live to follow the GNU (not Debian) free software guidelines. is about
amslatex.  It uses the same license used by Don Knuth in many of his TeX
files, which was long since declared free according to rms, whatever
conclusions Debian reaches.  (There is no doubt the wording is not good
by today's standards.)  And AMS said they would be fixing the license in
the next release.

483217 is about a very few specific LaTeX files.  I will review/remove
as appropriate.  The bug report is some 16 months old, so I expect at
least some of them have already been handled.

In short, I see no reason to blacklist texlive.


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