[tex-live] Re: License of fonts included in X.org sources

George N. White III aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca
Sun Oct 23 00:47:04 CEST 2005

On Sat, 22 Oct 2005, Sven Luther wrote:
> Current acrobat reader (well, it was at least a couple of years ago) 
> licencing forbids it to be distributed alongside other pdf generating 
> tools like pdftex, which is in big part why it was removed from non-free 
> back then.

The majority of commercial 3rd party pdf generating tools target Adobe's 
key markets.  Allowing them to include Acrobat Reader could be interpreted 
as some sort of Adobe endorsement as well as giving them an excuse for 
sprinkling Adobe logos around in their literature.  There is a huge 
difference between a product that enables pdf for a class of users that 
would be difficult for Adobe to properly support themselves and products 
that aim to carve out small chunks of Adobe's key markets.

George N. White III  <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>

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