Topic: I emailed miktex dev
Some months ago I noticed that several parts of tex were removed in Hyperbola. The interesting thing is that in CTAN they're marked as public domain, but the readme attached to the source code states usage and distribution conditions that qualify those tex packages as nonfree. I wanted to email the authors, but couldn't find contact infromation. I also couldn't find contact detail for some1 responsible for CTAN on CTAN webpage. But I noticed this package is also present in miktex (it seems miktex is using CTAN just as texlive does... Idk how exactly it works - You can try explaining this to me if You want). So, I emailed the miktex dev, Christian Schenk, asking him about the license of one package. And now the package gets removed from miktex
On 12/13/2019 3:57 PM, Wojtek Kosior wrote:
> The licensing of package https://miktex.org/packages/mex is unclear to me.
> It is marked as 'pd', but it seems to be actually using a different (nonfree) license (which, by the way, uses term "public domain" with a different meaning).
> What is the actual license of this package?
> Wojciech Kosior
It seems that is package is non-free:
"there is no charge for distribution"
I will remove the package from the distribution.
Btw, those nonfree pieces are stopping me from adopting latex... because I'm not able to typeset polish. There is tex package 'polski', which is free/libre and should do the job, but it tries to use some stuff from those nonfree packages (from it's documentation it seems it should be able to work without those - I just don't know how to configure that).
Anyways, toast to anyone who first noticed the problem with tex packages! (idk whether this was a Hyperbola dev, Parabola dev or some1 else)
EDIT: I just found the email to one of the authors of those nonfree packages when reading the README of another pcakage