[tex-live] suggestion: include kbordermatrix in TeXLive

Paul Gessler pdgessler at gmail.com
Wed Mar 7 21:05:16 CET 2018

Hi Kim,

(Bringing the mailing list and Tamas back into CC so everyone can
follow the discussion.)

Apologies in advance if you're already familiar with the following;
I'm not sure of your background:

Typically, small packages use the LaTeX Project Public License (LPPL),
but TeX Live also recommends the GNU GPL and really any free software
license will suffice for inclusion in TeX Live.

The website for any of these licenses will show you how to properly
apply the license to your code. You can also check CTAN for some
examples in other packages. Software licensing can be a complex and
sometimes emotionally-charged topic (in some circles). So, if you want
to keep it simple, I'd recommend LPPL[1] for a small LaTeX package.
That's what most other LaTeX packages use. But the final decision is
obviously up to you as the package author.

Anyone with more licensing knowledge than me (I know there are lots of
you out there, haha), please make corrections if I've misstated
anything above. :-)



[1] https://www.latex-project.org//lppl/

On 7 March 2018 at 11:36, Border, Kim C. <kcborder at caltech.edu> wrote:
> I have no problem with anyone distributing kbordermatrix.sty
> It has a few bugs, and I have made slightly different version that puts the
> labels on the right and bottom instead of the left and top.  But it’s ad hoc
> and not very elegant, so I never wanted the responsibility of maintaining
> it.  That said, if there really is interest, my quarter is ending soon, and
> I could spend some time improving it and packaging it.
> As for licensing, I am happy to give it away, so what do I need to do?
> Kim
> KC Border
> Professor of Economics
> kcb at caltech.edu
> 626 395-4218
> 205 Baxter Hall
> On Mar 7, 2018, at 6:18 AM, Paul Gessler <pdgessler at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Tamas,
> I believe you are on the right track with your mention of licensing. With no
> license specified, it doesn't pass muster with items 1a and 2a of the TeX
> Live package contributions guidelines[1]. This is most likely why it is not
> included at the moment.
> Hope this helps,
> PG
> [1] https://www.tug.org/texlive/pkgcontrib.html
> On 7 March 2018 at 03:19, Tamas Papp <tkpapp at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I wonder if it would be possible to include kbordermatrix [1] in
>> TeXLive. It solves a problem no other packages does, is widely used [2].
>> I am cc'ing the package author in case there are license issues that need
>> to be clarified, as kbordermatrix.sty does not say anything about it.
>> Best,
>> Tamas
>> [1] https://www.ctan.org/pkg/kbordermatrix
>> [2] https://tex.stackexchange.com/search?q=kbordermatrix

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