[tex-live] Problem with pax.win32

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Sun Mar 30 22:29:00 CEST 2014

2014-03-30 22:22 GMT+02:00 Philip Taylor <P.Taylor at rhul.ac.uk>:
> Robin Fairbairns wrote:
>>> Could the installer not ask "Is this is personal, academic, commercial
>>> or other installation ?", and proceed accordingly ?
>> and if you answer "commercial", it would ... what?
>> (obvious answer: "ha ha ... i can't carry on".)
> Equally obvious answer : "In that case, Active Perl will not
> be installed; if you require Active Perl (or any other Perl
> implementation), you will need to download and install it
> as a separate exercise".
And thus you will not be able to install at all because install-tl
requires perl.
>> when we were first discussing sebastian's project in the uk tug
>> committee, we all agreed that [what became] tex live should only offer
>> free software.  were you not on the committee back then? -- in my
>> recollection you were.
> If you can remember those halcyon days, Robin, you are a better
> man than I.  But it seems hardly possible that such a staunch
> Windows advocate as myself could have allowed such a policy to
> be formulated at a meeting at which he was present without asking
> that the minutes record his dissent at what had been agreed.
>> we're only discussing the present-day descendant of that policy, here.
> That may well be the case, but I still find it disturbing that what
> does (or does not) go into a distribution is not a purely technical
> decision but is, rather, politically motivated.  "Racism" is an
> ugly word (and an ugly concept) these days (well, it was always
> an ugly concept), but "Non-free-software-ism" still somehow manages
> to avoid any accusation of being non-PC.
Do you think that violation of the software developer's license is
pretty legal and respecting the developer's license is the act of
racism? Are you prepared to go to the court of justice and persuade
the judge that non-violating the license will be an act of racism and
therefore TeX Live maintainers decide to violate the license?

> ** Phil.

Zdeněk Wagner

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