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    Why is lyx in non-free^Wcontrib?
    Contributed by Anonymous on Thursday, January 03 @ 08:56:02 GMT

    The copyright-notice says it's plain and simple gpl2...
    Does anyone know?
    Would it be better not to use it?

    DanielS: Look closer; it states that it may be linked to any type of library (capital-F-Free, or not), as it is currently built for xforms, which is seriously non-Free. LyX can also be "combined" with any other-licensed source code with no restrictions; and it basically rejects any part of the GPL that restricts what it can be linked to or combined with.

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  • "Why is lyx in non-free^Wcontrib?" | Login/Create Account | 5 comments

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    Re: Why is lyx in non-free? (Score: 1)
    by caf on Thursday, January 03 @ 12:55:54 GMT
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    Actually, lyx isn't in non-free, it's in contrib.

    This is as it should be - although it's distributed under a modified GPL as described above, this makes it more free, not less - you can do everything with this you can do under the GPL, plus some more. Although this means that works derived from lyx may themselves be non-free, lyx itself is still free.

    It's in contrib because it depends on a package in non-free (libforms, as described above).

    - caf.

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    Re: Why is lyx in non-free? (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Thursday, January 03 @ 15:15:38 GMT

    From my understanding, xforms in its next incarnation will be GPL. It is very likely that the license for LyX will then be straight and simple GPL. IMO, xforms is only a step up from raw Athena in terms of aesthetics, but once LyX 2.0 comes out, you will get to choose between QT, GTK+, and xforms. And yes, you should use LyX; I continue to be amazed by how such an incredibly powerful program can produce such beautiful layout. It's Good For You(TM).

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    LyX is moving away from Xforms (Score: 1, Interesting)
    by Anonymous on Thursday, January 03 @ 15:40:04 GMT

    The LyX development team is slowly but steadily moving away from Xforms which is buggy, clunky and non-free. Their progress is charted at

    Work will resume after they have finished the 1.2 version. The standard LyX will be the QT port and a Gtk port is maybe possible if there is enough developper interest in it.

    As a Lyx user I'm waiting for the QT port which will mean I hope : AA fonts, enhanced cut and paste, nicer and more functional widgets.



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