Embedding TeXLive4 in a book

Xavier Cazin xavier@editions-oreilly.fr
10 Jun 1999 17:51:36 +0200

Sebastian Rahtz writes:

> Arthur Ogawa writes:
>> As far as the TL4 CD is concerned, the master of the CD is being
>> provided by TUG, and the CD's cost of production is being born by the
>> publisher. I don't know that the book can accurately claim that no
>> profit is being made from the CD, but if the book's copyright allows
>> free copying of the contents of the book, then both the book and the
>> bundled CD qualify as "free". If so, then the licenseholders of the
>> software, including GS, would be satisfied and, in the case of GS, would
>> not require a license fee.
> interesting point, but is O'Reilly that far ahead of the industry?  I
> know the Open Source book is `free' , but are the normal books?

We aren't that far yet. Once the economical model of Tribune Libre ---the
translation of Open Sources--- proves right (that is we can pay ourselves
from the paper sales), we hope we'll be able to systematically ask our new
authors whether they want to go free or not.

So, the source of our LaTeX book won't be free. But the examples will
certainly be.

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