Re: gs5.xx (was bitmap copies of plots)

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Subject: Re: gs5.xx (was bitmap copies of plots)
From: Prof Brian D Ripley (ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk)
Date: Wed 06 Oct 1999 - 01:16:57 EST


Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.05.9910051608320.10682-100000@auk.stats>

On 5 Oct 1999, Peter Dalgaard BSA wrote:

> rossini@biostat.washington.edu (A.J. Rossini) writes:
>
> > >> >
> > >> > (5.50 is much better than 5.10, and 6.0 is imminent: 5.94 is
> > >> > in test)
> > >>
> > >> ...but 5.10 is the one that still ships with RedHat (newer ones
> > >> are not GPL yet, I presume). Installed 6.1 yesterday, so I
> > >> should know.
> >
> > There are Debian packages... one of the good reasons to use Debian
> > :-).
> >
> > But seriously, alien would import it, or I'm sure someone must have
> > done a contributed rpm for it?
>
>
> Sure,
>
> -----
> [pd@blueberry pd]$ rpmfind --latest ghostscript
> Installing ghostscript will require 4078 KBytes
>
> ### To Transfer:
> ftp://ftp.mpi-sb.mpg.de/pub/linux/mirror/ftp.redhat.com/contrib/hurricane/i386/ghostscript-5.50-3.i386.rpm
> Do you want to download these files to /tmp [Y/n/a] ? : n

(There are gs5.93 rpms too.)
 
> However, the point was that we need to be a little careful when
> relying on non-free (or semi-free) items, because they don't travel on
> CD releases, etc.

Right. I appreciated that. My point is that you may not be able use
dev2bitmap as a PDF driver without using GhostScript 6.0 or pre-test,
unless you restrict what you plot. GNU-licensed gs6.xx is a year away (it
says in the pre-test). So either you accept the shackles or you get
inferior plots.

Unfortunately Aladdin and FSF seem to be having a spat, which is why
5.94 was put out with support for linking in readline removed.

-- 
Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
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