[OS X TeX] R, paradigm to bring into the LaTeX world?

Justin C. Walker justin at mac.com
Mon Oct 23 13:40:12 EDT 2006

On Oct 23, 2006, at 10:25 , Alain Schremmer wrote:

> Adam R. Maxwell wrote:
>> MikTeX is also licensed under the  GPL, so I don't want to  
>> incorporate or link with it (TCOBrowser is  BSD licensed).
> Last night, I happened to check, for my own purpose,
>    http://www.fsf.org/licensing/licenses/ 
> index_html#DocumentationLicenses
> It said:
> FreeBSD Documentation License
>        This is a permissive non-copyleft Free Documentation license  
> that is compatible with the GNU FDL.
> So, is there nevertheless a problem? Or is it a matter of FDL  
> rather than GPL? Or is that I don't understand what compatible means?

To your first question, I don't understand: nevertheless?

GPL tends to be more restrictive than BSD.  Some view it as a poison  

Compatibility here means what FSF says it means, I suspect, but GPL  
requires that *all* components of software that use GPL'd software be  
released in source form.  The BSD license does not.

Thus, in Adam's case, incorporating GPL'd pieces in his BSD-licensed  
work would require him to  "GPL" his code (as I understand it).

If Microsoft were to ship a library (DLL) that is a required  
component of Windows, and if that DLL were to incorporate GPL'd  
software, the FSF would claim that *all* of windows must then be  
released, freely, in source form.


Justin C. Walker, Curmudgeon at Large
Institute for the Enhancement of the Director's Income
Nobody knows the trouble I've been

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