2007.07.14 08:15 "[Tiff] [ANNOUNCE]: Libtiff 4.0.0alpha released", by Andrey Kiselev

2007.08.16 20:25 "Re: [Tiff] [ANNOUNCE]: Libtiff 4.0.0alpha released", by Jay Berkenbilt

On Sat, Jul 14, 2007 at 07:27:01PM -0500, Bob Friesenhahn wrote:

On the JBIG issue, I think it's pretty safe to say that the debian version of libtiff will not include JBIG support. I wonder whether there would be a way to make JBIG support available at runtime on platforms that support dynamic loading. In any case, I think the

A number of years ago I engaged in a discussion with Richard Stallman and the JBIG-KIT author to discuss if using dynamic loading to use JBIG-KIT was acceptable (in order to avoid GPL by providing separability) and the opinion of RMS and the JBIG-KIT author was a solid 'no'. However, it seems to me that it does allow users who are using GPL compliant distribution methods to extend the package later or remove the component.

I do not think it is a problem for Debian. The real problem is in patents (for people in coutries where algorithms can be patented). So we can add dynamic linking feature in libtiff and safely use it for JBIG-KIT (and even for other external codecs).

Jay, could you create appropriate feature request in our bugzilla? I will not extend 3.9.0 that way, but for 4.0 it will be worth to add.

I've finally entered this in bugzilla. It's bug 1584.

Jay Berkenbilt <ejb@ql.org>